Canines are ‘man’s best friend’, so it makes sense that when in trouble, their human would do whatever it takes to protect them. Fortunately for dogs Sasha and Mongo, their caretaker, Will Gibb, was prepared to do just that – even when confronted by a cougar.
CBC News reports that the 31-year-old was meeting a friend for coffee at Tim Horton’s in Alberta, Canada, when he let his two dogs go for a short run around the parking lot. It wasn’t long before he heard a painful yelp come from Sasha, however.
Ditching his coffee and his friend, Gibb bolted toward the sound – despite it being dark at 6:30 pm. Undoubtedly hyped up on adrenaline, he couldn’t tell what exactly what was biting onto his beloved pet’s neck. That didn’t matter, as he delivered a punch to the animal’s head so it would release the dog.
The punch worked and allowed Will to perceive what had attacked Sasha and Mongo: a cougar. A fight then erupted between the mountain lion, Gibbs, and the dogs. By accident, Sasha bit her owner’s hand – likely out of fright. But fortunately, the fearless pet owner continued to fight off the wild animal, placing himself between the cougar and the dogs.
“I could see the cougar going for him, so I got between him and the cougar and started swinging and screaming at it, and called for my brother and friend to come give a hand,” Gibb recalls. “And then I reached down for the closest, biggest stick that I could find and I ran back into the trees to go fight the cougar.”
His heroism undoubtedly saved the dogs’ lives.
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