Canadian park authorities noticed horn wounds in the armpits and neck of a gigantic grizzly bear and concluded the fatal blows were dealt by a tiny mountain goat defending itself
After a stunned hiker spotted the 154lb (70kg) bear’s body by a mountain trail, the female beast was airlifted and studied at a nearby lab, The Express reported.
Scientists concluded the lethal horn wounds in its armpits and neck must have been made by a mountain goat in a self defence attack.
Parks Canada ecologist David Laskin told the Guardian: “When grizzly bears attack, they tend to focus on the head, the back of the neck and the shoulders of the prey.
“This attack usually comes from above.
“The defensive response of a mountain goat would be to protect itself using its sharp horns.”
The grizzly bear’s body was discovered on September 4 on Burgess Pass trail near Field, British Columbia.
Though mountain goats are small animals suited to high altitudes, their stocky shapes mean they can weigh as much as 275lb (125kg).
Their razor-sharp horns measure as long as 12in.