WHITECOURT, Canada — Things can get pretty wild in Canada — even when you’re just stopping for donuts.
An Alberta electrical subcontractor punched out a mountain lion who attacked his beloved Husky during a pitstop in a parking lot of a Tim Hortons.
Tim Gibb was driving with his brother on his way to a job when he stopped to meet a pal for coffee the day after Christmas.
He let his two dogs out for a bathroom break in the parking lot when he heard one of them yelping.
“I saw this thing on top of her,” he told the Toronto Star. “So I ran over and punched it in the head, thinking maybe it was a coyote or something.”
Turns out it was a cougar.
“I backed it up into a tree and was swinging at it some more and screaming for my brother and my buddy, Travis, to come over and get the dogs,” he said.
The dog the cougar had zeroed in on, Sasha, was badly injured in the attack and when Gibb ran over to help her, the frightened pooch, thinking he was the big cat coming back for more, bit his hand. When she realized who he was, she ran off, but the cougar attacked again.
“I was still throwing punches toward the cougar. The cougar was kind of pawing back at me.”
Gibb managed to get his other dog, Mungo, back into his truck and pushed the cat back with a stick. He then rushed the injured Sasha to a nearby vet, where she was treated for deep cuts on her chest from the cougar’s claws and several puncture wounds on her neck from its fangs.
While at the vet, Gibb alerted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who came in with wildlife officers and shot and killed the cougar.
“It continued to be a menace,” Sgt. Tom Kalis said