To be perfectly honest, I’m not a fan of the great outdoors. This story is a good example of why.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that last Saturday morning, Chase Dellwo, 26, was bowhunting for elk with his brother when he came upon a sleeping bear. The snow, rain, and wind conditions that day made it so that he didn’t realize he was approaching a sleeping male grizzly bear until he was three feet away (generally not a great distance to be from a sleeping grizzly bear).
The bear knocked Dellwo over and started biting his head. After he let him go, the bear roared loudly, left, then changed his mind, returning to bite Dellwo’s right leg and shake him around.
Then, Dellwo was overtaken with the “fight” part of “fight or flight” — all thanks to an article his grandmother had sent him explaining that bears, and other large animals, have bad gag reflexes.
"So I shoved my right arm down his throat,” said Dellwo while recovering in the hospital, adding that "I want everyone to know that it wasn't the bear's fault, he was as scared as I was.”
The big lesson here? Call your grandma more often. She might just save your life.