An elderly man has claimed he was left fighting for his life after a swim in a remote pond turned dangerous when he was attacked by a very angry and rabid beaver.
Mark “Pres” Pieraccini, from Massachusetts, reportedly suffered extremely extensive injuries after he was attacked by the ruthless creature earlier this month, and even nearly drowned on several occasions.
The attack left him with multiple puncture wounds, large gashes in his arm and leg, lacerations all over his body and scalp, and even a torn tendon on one of his fingers, Mass Live reports.
Mass Live reports that the man is also being treated for Rabies. He also suffered a fractured finger on his left hand from repeatedly punching a beaver.
Mr Pieraccini said that fighting a long battle with the aggressive 50-pound beast left him without the energy needed to stay afloat.
“At some point, I said to myself, ‘If I stop and fight him one more time, I’m going to drown,'” He said.
The 73-year old said that he punched a wild animal to scare them off, but that scared them more which made them more agitated when they attacked.
“I couldn’t process it,” He said.
The man realised the attack had left him bleeding heavily – and he still had a mile and a half to ride back to his car so he could drive straight to Baystate Franklin Medical Centre.
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Doctors told him the damager sustained in the attack was “astounding and very serious”, and that he was extremely lucky to not drown or bleed out.
Because he was concerned about the beaver population, Mr Pireacinni did not reveal the location of the pond to the park rangers despite his injuries.
Authorities have not recovered the animal that attacked Pieraccini so it is impossible to verify the claims and story.