A man from Grand Falls, New Brunswick Canada is lucky to be alive after fighting off an angry black bear by grabbing its tongue!

A couple of weeks ago, Gilles Cyr, who owns a woodlot, was walking around checking things out when he was  suddenly attacked by something "that came flying out of the woods".

Cyr started wrestling with the bear and recounted the attack by saying this: “When I opened up my eyes it was on top of me, with the friggin’ noise, it’s crazy the way it growls. Right from the stomach. It’s not from the mouth, it’s just inside. His mouth was wide open right in front of my face so the last thing I remember I had his tongue in my hand and I didn’t want to let go because he was trying to fight me off. So he was hitting me with his claws, so I says, ‘If you're going to hurt me, I’m going to hurt you too.’ So he was biting his tongue at the same time,” he said.

 The man broke free of the bear and ran behind a tree for safety only to be briefly attacked again.  The bear clawed at his stomach and bit his knee, then thankfully decided he'd had enough and walked back into the woods.

Cyr said he grabbed at the bear's tongue by instinct, which apparently was a pretty good move.  He said, "for a second I thought I was dead"!

Cyr was treated at a local hospital and released. Grand Falls, New Brunswick is just northeast of Caribou, Maine.