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A woman in Anchorage, Alaska, is lucky to be alive after being kicked in the head by a moose while walking her dog.
The incident, which was captured on video, occurred while Tracy Hansen and her dog, Gunner, were walking their usual route. The footage shows Hansen getting knocked to the ground and left with a bleeding wound, bruising, and a headache.
“I thought someone had not been paying attention and hit me with a bike or something,” Hansen told KTUU. “I had put my hands up to my head, and I’m like, ‘I’m bleeding.’”
The video, taken by a passerby, shows the moose loping down the sidewalk before gaining speed and advancing towards Hansen.
As she was completely unaware, the moose trampled right over her and kicks Hansen in the head, knocking her to the ground.
“Knowing that the moose had been somewhere behind me and now, here this moose is in front of me, and I’m like, ‘Was that the moose?’” Hansen said.
The incident was unprovoked and happened so quickly that Hansen’s rescuers had to act fast to ensure she wasn’t suffering from head trauma.
Thankfully, Hansen was rescued by good samaritan Kate Timmons and her husband, who was passing by in a car with her family. Timmons and her husband helped get Hansen out of harm’s way.
“My husband was able to help pull her over the snow bank, so we could get her in the truck with her dog and kind of get her out of the way,” Timmons told KTUU. “It definitely seemed unprovoked from our standpoint and it happened so fast it was just like, a matter of getting her out of the situation, getting her help, making sure, you know, my big thing was that she didn’t have a head trauma, that there wasn’t a bleed or something.”
Hansen is still recovering from her injuries, but she hasn’t let the incident stop her from walking her dog on their usual route.
“We’ll be back on our normal walks,” Hansen said. “The moose won’t stop that.”
She is grateful for Timmons and her husband’s assistance and believes that they were in the right place at the right time.
“Kate and I were discussing that the Lord put her in the right place, at the right time to be able to help,” Hansen said.