A mountain climber was maneuvering down a rocky ridge on Mount Futago in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan, when he had a terrifying encounter. Suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a black bear came and attacked him from behind. The climber fought back; from higher ground, he began screaming, kicking, and using a hammer fist in order to scare the creature and drive it away. It worked, and the bear eventually retreated.
The entire incident was captured on the climber’s GoPro camera. Watching the footage, it’s jarring to see the man making his way down the mountain and then suddenly having to defend himself. It becomes clear, however, why the attack occurred. “Looking back at the video,” the climber wrote in a YouTube caption, “it seems that [she] attacked to protect the cub.”
After driving the mom away, the climber saw the bears traveling down the mountain while he went back to its summit. He rested a bit and eventually descended himself, now with scratched and cut hands and a sprained wrist. But, it’s a small price to pay for making it back safe and sound.
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A mountain climber was maneuvering down a rocky ridge on Mount Futago in Japan when he a bear attacked him. The terrifying incident was captured on his GoPro camera.