An 82-year-old Alaska man is recovering from a run in with a moose, after he was saved by his 85-year-old wife, who beat the beast off with a shovel.
Bush pilot George Murphy is recovering in the hospital after suffering seven broken ribs and cuts to his head and left leg in the attack. Dorothea Taylor, his five-foot tall, 97-pound wife, was not hurt in the confrontation, which occurred Friday morning as the couple walked their two golden retrievers at a local airport.
When the moose started to charge George Murphy, he dove into the deep snow, since there were no trees to take cover behind. Yet the moose still stomped on him. Dorothea initially thought it was attacking one of the couple’s dogs, and when the moose started at her, she grabbed a shovel from the couple’s truck and gave it a whack in the head before the moose was chased away by one of the dogs.