Years ago when I used to work in manufacturing, my co-workers/friends and I used to have in-depth discussions on what the largest animal that we think we could kill with our bare hands.
Personally, I've always thought that with my survival instincts I could kill a mountain lion with my bare hands. I don't think I would win 100% of the time, but if I had 9 lives, I'd survive a few times at least.
Well, a New Hampshire man didn't quite kill a mountain lion, but instead, he was forced to defend his family and kill a coyote with his bare hands.
Honestly, the fact that he killed it with his bare hands is quite remarkable, but that's not the best part of all of this. The best part is the way he tells the story.
Ian O'Reilly said that the coyote tried to take his son. Thankfully he only managed to grab the boy by his jacket and he was left unscathed. But seeing that the animal wasn't willing to run off or back down, O'Reilly knew he was going to have to take measures into his own hands to make sure there would not be any more attacks.
O'Reilly said, “There was no interest in it going away. [I] ultimately had to make the decision to become the aggressor and jumped on it, attacked it and [got] it to the ground. When I was able to get on top of it, I put my hand on its snout so it wasn’t able to attack me. There was quite a bit of snow on the ground, so I shoved the face into the snow and then eventually was able [to] put my hand on its snout and expire it through suffocation. Ultimately one hand on its windpipe and one hand on its snout did the trick.”
Watch the video below in its entirety, you will not regret it.