Bear attack survivor: 'He's eating my brain and I can feel it'

3:30 PM, May 20, 2008   |    comments
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A man in British Columbia, Canada managed to drive to safety after a grizzly bear mauled him north of Vancouver. Describing his experience, he says he felt the bear eating his brain as it gnawed on the back of his head. "I looked over and I said, 'holy crow,'" exclaimed 59-year-old Brent Case. Two weeks ago, Case was on a surveying job outside town, when an adult male grizzly went for him. "He came up from behind me and started gnawing at the back of my head, ripping the scalp off the my head...pain was so excruciating I don't know why I didn't scream. I had to play dead," said Brent Case. Case dropped down in the fetal position and tried to hang on. The bear ripped into his left arm, leaving an ugly wound. Then he went for his right arm and bit right through the muscle, just missing a major artery. Case says the bear kept chewing on his skull. "He's eating my gristle, and he's gnawing on my head, I said, 'he's eating my brains and I can feel it, I know it's happening,' I says, 'God, I hope he gets it over soon,'" said Case. And at that point, suddenly, the bear had enough. "I just said, 'I'm too young to die, I don't wanna die'...and then he stopped," said Case. Then, the bear took off. Somehow, Case, who's an experienced outdoorsman, got to his truck and drove to town, gushing blood all the way. "'I think my brains are hanging out, but I don't know what's happening here, but, I'm alive.' I'm wiggling my fingers and toes i'm shaking, I says, 'God, I think I'm ok.'" Case is recovering now with family. The grizzly was shot and killed by a local game warden.

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