She had the proverbial lion by the ear, and could neither hang on nor let go.
An Idaho woman was shocked to discover she was holding onto a male mountain lion when she yanked the creature off her dog last week.
The woman, who has not been identified, believed she was breaking up a "dog fight" between her pup and another pet outside her Mackay home when she suddenly realized she was actually grabbing a wild animal.
After realizing what she had in her hand, the shocked woman — who suffered scratches during the attack — called her husband for backup.
Her husband responded and quickly dispatched the mountain lion as she held on to it," the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) described in a news release Monday.
Ok, kudos to both the gal for hanging on to both savage beasts, and to her husband for having a gun handy and responding in time to his wife call for aid.
This cat sounds like one that was barely older than a cub, but they can get really big up in that country.