Woman mauled by bear drives herself to the hospital

Alaska hiker Thea Thomas was mauled by a 7-foot bear, but she bravely limped her way well over a mile back to her truck, then drove herself into town.

    2014/08/18

NSFW    Defying Death

She fought a bear and lived to tell the tale!

A 57-year-old Alaskan outdoorswoman, Thea Thomas, was hiking with her dogs along the Heney Ridge Trail in Cordova, a place that’s pretty much people-free.

All of a sudden, her dogs ran back to her from where they’d been playing, but the dogs were no longer in the mood to play.

Hot on the dog’s heels was a 6 or 7 foot tall bear and for some reason, the animal found the hiker a threat, and attacked.

Taking as many as seven bites out of Ms. Thomas, the bear finally left her for dead.

But Thea Thomas decided to die another day. She bravely limped her way well over a mile back to her truck, before driving into town where she was then airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage.

Thomas says she did of course contemplate the idea that she might not make it, but she told herself ‘just keep walking.’

She made it, and now becomes one the very few people in the world that can add ‘bear fighter’ to their resume.
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