85-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Moose With a Shovel to Save Husband
When an angry moose attacked her husband, an 85-year-old Alaska woman didn't hesitate to grab a shovel and fight off the animal.
Dorothea Taylor and George Murphy were at the Willow Airport on Friday taking their golden retrievers for a run. She was waiting in their truck for her husband to round up the dogs when the agitated moose ran him down.
He told the Anchorage Daily News that he saw the moose and dove into the snow for protection, but the moose started stomping on him.
That's when Taylor, who is 5 feet tall and weighs less than 100 pounds, grabbed a grain shovel from the back of their truck and started whacking her husband's attacker.
"When it turned and started to go off slowly, I hit it with everything I had," she told reporters.
Murphy was rushed by medical helicopter to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a gash to the head and a few broken ribs.
And he couldn't be prouder of his fearless and feisty wife - who he says saved his life.
"Jeez, that was a pretty hard thing for anyone to do, to walk up on a moose like that," he said. "Heck, all she had was a shovel."
You go, girl!
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