The story of an inuit woman who fought back at a polar bear attack and was saved by her husband.
She was looking around when she got out of the cabin in the dark as her husband usually accompany her. But this time, while being a few meters away from the cabin, Nanook was approaching her silently. Alice did not see it as Nanook rolled into mud to stalk on a potential prey. Before she knew it, she was grabbed and she felt a pressure on her skull and a terrible pain as Nanook brought her to the ground. She fought back, trying to protect her head as she knows that Nanook always go for the head. Tommy, her husband, still in the cabin, heard her screams, grab his big caliber rifle and ran outside. He knew what was happening.
Alice Annanack Baron and her husband, Tommy Baron were out on the Land of the Ungava Bay, at their hunting cabin, about an hour of boat from Kangiqsualujjuaq. They were alone as family did return to the village a few days before. They planned doing some work on the cabin and living the traditional life of Nunavimmiut, the Inuits of Nunavik during their holidays. A bad bear changed their plan.
When Tommy got near the scene, he saw his wife wrestling with the polar bear. (…)
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