Noah Graham, 16, was camping with five of his friends last weekend at Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota. He was reportedly talking to his girlfriend in the early morning hours when all of a sudden he felt something pierce into the back of his skull. It was a 75-pound gray wolf, and it had a hold of the boy's head.
He told the Bemidji Pioneer, “There was no sound at all. Didn’t hear it. It was just all of a sudden there."
He said it was "the worst pain of his life," but still, somehow, he was able to fight the animal off, and escape its fierce jaws.
I had to reach behind me and jerk my head out of its mouth. After I got up, I was kicking at it and screaming at it and it wouldn’t leave. But then after awhile I got it to run away.
It's amazing he was able to do think quickly enough to fight it, or maybe it was just instinct. Whatever it was, he gets some major bragging rights for the feat. His girlfriend had run to the car, and his other friends were asleep, so when he finally scared the wolf away, he called his parents. He said the 4 a.m. conversation went like this:
“Dad, I just got attacked by a wolf.”
Are you alright?”
“Yeah, I think so.”
“Just make sure you call 911 cause you need to alert the authorities.”
Sounds like a pretty chill family all around, because I would have been FREAKING out if my kid called and told me he was attacked by a wolf. Fortunately, Noah is going to be fine. He ended up with 17 staples in his head, but besides that and rabies shots he has to undergo as a precaution, he's otherwise unscathed.
He doesn't, however, plan to sleep outside again anytime soon. I don't blame him. As much as I love the idea of camping, it's stories like these that make me more comfortable inside four solid walls.
The good news is that authorities say it's the first confirmed wolf attack in Minnesota, and wolves don't typically attack people. While they say it's too early to tell why this particular wolf did so, one reason may have been a deformed jaw that made it difficult for it to pursue food in the wild. The wolf was captured, shot, and killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture so that rabies tests could be preformed.
What wild animals do you fear most?
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