It is an outing in nature that Kyle Burgess is probably not about to forget. On Saturday, October 10, the 26-year-old American was jogging on a Slate Canyon, Utah, when he spotted several animals in his path. It was then around 5 pm, and Kyle, intrigued by the four little creatures he thought were lynxes, decides to take out his phone to immortalize the moment. In retrospect a very bad idea …
Angry puma mom
It only took a few seconds for Kyle to realize that the hairballs were, in fact … baby pumas, that their mother had obviously decided to defend at all costs, explains the local media Desert News. As you can see in the video below, the progenitor immediately charged the jogger, who saw his life pass before his eyes.
And the latter was not at the end of his surprises, since the animal, particularly determined, has continued for not less than 6 minutes on the mountain path:
The longest six minutes of her life
As you may have noticed, Kyle appears extremely anxious during what he describes as “the longest six minutes of (his) life”. The man goes on swearing almost by reflex, while taking great care never to turn his back on the puma, an animal that knows how to be very discreet, and to progress at a steady pace.
And for good reason: as soon as he bends down to pick up a projectile or looks away, the puma is invariably about to pounce on him with all claws out, in a whistle that the domestic cat owners a bit temperamental.
It was finally almost miraculously, and thanks to a stone throw that found its target, that Kyle managed to get his four-legged assailant to flee. The runner got out of the incident without the slightest scratch.
And in the face of the buzz generated by his video, already viewed about a million times, the Mountain Lion Foundation recalled in a communicated the right reflexes to adopt during this kind of meeting. “The behavior (of the puma) was to scare him away, which worked well. The mother was responding to what she felt was a threat to her young.”, can we read in particular.