Alaska: Jessica Gamboa describes how she survived being mauled by a mother brown bear by Playing Dead
Jessica Gamboa describes how she survived being mauled by a mother brown bear whilst out jogging in Alaska.
She grew up hearing you should play dead during a bear attack.
That knowledge paid off when she was pummeled and repeatedly thrown to the ground by a brown bear that left her bloodied on a remote road at a military base in Alaska.
Instead of making a noise, Ms Gamboa, 25, adopted the foetal position and stayed silent, a response that likely spared her life.
In a videotaped interview at her hospital bed Ms Gamboa said that she surrendered to the female bear during the attack at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on May 18.
Ms Gamboa and her soldier husband were jogging at the sprawling base when they became separated.
The attack left her with lacerations to her neck, arms and legs, and neck fractures. Ms Gamboa said the thought of her four-year-old son made her determined to survive.
The Army released the interview of Ms Gamboa and combat medic Sgt. Collin Gillikin who rescued her after the mauling.