An Alaskan woman has quite the story to tell after surviving a cheeky encounter with a black bear in an outhouse last Saturday.
Shannon Stevens told KTOO that she, her brother and his girlfriend were spending the weekend in a yurt at Lake Chilkat, located in southern Alaska. After a day of snowmobiling across the frozen lake and cooking sausages over a fire, Stevens left the yurt to use the, ahem, facilities.
"I got in there and sat down on the toilet seat and something just immediately bit me in the butt. I jumped up and screamed," she told the station of her surprise.
Her brother came to the rescue, peeking under the lid.
"Right at the level of the toilet seat, maybe an inch or two below, is a gigantic bear face looking right back up at me," he described.
Stevens ended up a bit bloody, but was able to clean and bandage the wound. She wasn’t seriously hurt, though she was definitely shocked.
"It felt like just a single puncture," she explained. "Maybe it wasn’t even a bite. It might have been a swipe with his claw potentially. I don’t think we’ll ever really know that part."
The bear was gone the next day.
A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game took at look at the campsite after the group reported the incident, theorizing it was a black bear based on photos of the tracks and other recent sightings in the region.
"(She) might be the only person this has ever happened to," he said. "I wouldn’t be surprised over the years if other folks have had bizarre things - but during February to sit down in an outhouse and have something like that happen is very unusual."