Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zucchini for Self Defense

Apparently even bears don't like overgrown zucchinis.

NPR reported this story by the Associated Press:

A Montana woman fended off a charging bear on her back porch early Thursday by using the first weapon she could reach — a piece of zucchini. The woman was stirred after midnight by a tussle in the backyard of her home near Frenchtown, Missoula County Sheriff's Lt. Rich Maricelli said. She went to investigate and found a 200-pound black bear attacking one of her two dogs, a 12-year-old collie.

The woman stood at her back door and screamed to divert the bear's attention from the dog. She told police the bear then charged her.

"The bear growled and was very aggressive and tried to come inside of her back door," Maricelli said. "She was able to stop the pursuing bear by improvising."

The bear took a swipe at her with its paw and tore her jeans. The woman jumped back and grasped the nearest object on her kitchen counter inside the doorway — a 12-inch-long zucchini she had harvested earlier from her garden.

She flung the zucchini at the bear from a distance she estimated to be 3 feet. The vegetable bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.

State wildlife officials were searching for the bear on Thursday. Radio station KGVO in Missoula first reported on the attack.

The woman received only minor scratches that did not require medical attention, though she was going to get a tetanus shot on Thursday as a precaution, Maricelli said. Police did not release her name.

The woman also planned to take her collie to the veterinarian. The dog didn't appear to have any bite wounds, but was a bit shaky on Thursday, Maricelli said.

"I don't know if it tried to bite him, but it rolled him around a little," he said.

There you have it.  Don't give away all your extra unwanted zucchinis, because you never know when you might need one!


Ribbit said...


Erin said...

Hell yes! I'm going to link your post so all the followers we don't share can see this "awesomeness"!!

Nartaya said...

Funny stuff!

Kaytee said...

That's hilarious!

thyme2garden said...

Ribbit, Nartaya and Kaytee - I'm so glad I decided to share this with all of you! I thought it made for a good read, and hooray to this woman's zucchini for possibly saving her and her dog's life!

* * * * *
Erin - thanks for reading and double thanks for linking to this post! It was really nice to have some of your followers come back and read this post.

* * * * *
Erin's Followers/Readers - thanks for visiting my blog and reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I will make sure we plant at least 2 plants of Zucchini this spring:)

Erin said...

No problem, I had such a good laugh it was too funny not to share!

Erin said...

Just saw it again on the "Today" show!

Dirt Lover said...

I wonder if this would work on my pesky raccoons??? Might just have to keep one of my big ones around for the next time. Who'd'a thunk it???

thyme2garden said...

Malay-Kadazan girl - I was thinking the same thing. :)

* * * * *
Dirt Lover - you might have to work on your aim, but I'm sure it would work on the raccoons as well!

oakleyses said...

oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, tiffany and co, burberry outlet, louboutin outlet, louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, coach outlet, chanel handbags, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, longchamp handbags, gucci outlet, nike shoes, louis vuitton outlet stores, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin shoes, prada handbags, coach factory outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, burberry outlet, ray ban sunglasses, prada outlet, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton handbags, longchamp outlet, air max, tory burch outlet, coach outlet store online, nike free, kate spade outlet, jordan shoes, louboutin, michael kors outlet, kate spade handbags, michael kors outlet, air max, michael kors outlet, coach purses

oakleyses said...

polo ralph lauren, sac burberry, lululemon, sac guess, louis vuitton uk, air jordan, ray ban pas cher, nike free pas cher, longchamp, nike roshe run, sac hermes, michael kors pas cher, converse pas cher, vans pas cher, timberland, sac louis vuitton, nike air max, sac louis vuitton, louis vuitton, polo lacoste, ray ban sunglasses, nike blazer, oakley pas cher, air max, louboutin, mulberry, michael kors, north face, true religion outlet, hollister, air force, michael kors, true religion jeans, hollister, air max pas cher, hogan outlet, air max, sac longchamp, new balance pas cher, north face, ralph lauren, true religion jeans, nike tn, vanessa bruno, nike free

oakleyses said...

ugg, mcm handbags, instyler, insanity workout, ugg australia, reebok outlet, giuseppe zanotti, nfl jerseys, valentino shoes, longchamp, ugg boots, babyliss pro, nike huarache, nike trainers, ghd, hollister, barbour, marc jacobs, north face outlet, bottega veneta, vans shoes, ferragamo shoes, mont blanc, new balance shoes, abercrombie and fitch, ugg pas cher, lululemon outlet, soccer jerseys, p90x, celine handbags, wedding dresses, asics running shoes, birkin bag, abercrombie and fitch, uggs outlet, rolex watches, nike roshe run, soccer shoes, beats by dre, nike roshe, chi flat iron, herve leger, north face jackets, mac cosmetics, jimmy choo outlet

oakleyses said...

juicy couture outlet, hollister, air max, louboutin, ralph lauren, canada goose jackets, moncler, vans, juicy couture outlet, moncler, timberland boots, moncler, oakley, canada goose, gucci, ugg, rolex watches, baseball bats, canada goose, air max, canada goose, moncler, canada goose uk, karen millen, hollister clothing store, converse shoes, moncler, wedding dresses, louis vuitton, ugg boots, moncler outlet, parajumpers, canada goose, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, montre homme, moncler, supra shoes, canada goose, converse, hollister, ugg, ray ban, lancel, coach outlet store online, iphone 6 cases


Related Posts with Thumbnails