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Backpacker gored by bison on California's Catalina Island

Backpacker gored by bison on California's Catalina Island

A backpacker was gored by an American bison on Santa Catalina Island off the California coast.
Jardrec Anangos, 24, was recovering from a fractured pelvic bone after he was attacked Wednesday by a buffalo, a descendant of a herd brought over to film a silent movie in the 1920s.
"All I can say is I'm happy to be alive," Anangos said.
Anangos and two friends saw a herd of about 15 bison blocking the path to the beach and he caught the eye of one of them when he was about 20 feet (6 meters) away, he said.
The bison "didn't like me standing that close and charged me," he said.
"There was no real chance of me escaping," the Cerritos resident said. "They're way faster than humans."
He was gored from behind in the upper thigh and lifted.
"I was pretty much on top of his head," he said.
Some nearby campers administered first aid until paramedics airlifted Anangos to the hospital.
Bob Rhein, a spokesman for the Catalina Island Conservancy, said he had not heard of a bison attacking a human in the three years he had worked for the agency.
"We don't like for anyone to get hurt, and we're very sorry that this happened," Rhein said.


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:29 GMT+08:00