February 21, 2006

Polar bear interrupts hockey game: Mom takes matters into her own hands;: Lydia Angyiou - Mother of two wrestles a 700 pound polar bear and saves the lives of kids in her small Quebec town while playing hockey. Bear's career stats: One game played, no goals, no assists, five minutes for fighting.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey to other at 08:56 PM - 28 comments

Meanwhile, villagers are still marveling at her courage, and there is talk of nominating her for a bravery medal. I second that nomination. That women's got some brass balls, i guess. I guess the motherly instinct kicked in.

posted by erkno11 at 09:29 PM on February 21

"If the bear was hungry, she would have been eaten pretty quickly." Guess the bastard's downfall was his mid- afternoon snack. Now, if the bear could just have pulled her sweater over her head, he may have had chance. Seriously, she is both brave and extremely lucky.

posted by tselson at 09:43 PM on February 21

Brave stuff, and shows you'd do anything to save your kids.

posted by owlhouse at 10:47 PM on February 21

That is one tough woman. I bet her husband walks a very straight line around her.

posted by dbt302 at 11:26 PM on February 21

Wow. Just wow.

posted by geekyguy at 11:36 PM on February 21

It's a good thing it was shot to death. Otherwise when it returned to the wild it wouldn't have been able to....ahem...bear... the humilation of being stopped by a 90lb woman.

posted by commander cody at 11:53 PM on February 21

Then again, having stopped it from attacking her children, the woman is bound to get a big head, a bigger ego and may even be...ahem...un-bear-able...to be around.

posted by commander cody at 11:57 PM on February 21

She's considered brave because she is alive, and an idiot if she had died. I would have(hopefully) reacted the same way to save my son. I say hopefully because you never know how you would perfom under those conditions. Congrats to her!!!!

posted by chucodimebag at 12:59 AM on February 22

Silly Canadians.

posted by Jackjeckyl at 01:47 AM on February 22

Silly Canadian Bear. You should know how they are about their hokey, eh?

posted by Wrigley South at 05:43 AM on February 22

I guess the size of the bear compared to the size of the mom make them polar opposites. Where was the ref? The fight should have been stopped when she hit the ground. All the testosterone in the world given to one man can't compete with a woman protecting her child, amazing story.

posted by panteeze at 06:52 AM on February 22

She's considered brave because she is alive, and an idiot if she had died. I don't think that she would have been considered an idiot at all. It's not like she was just walking down the street picking fights with polar bears. She was protecting her kids -- that is just pure bravery and motherly instinct. Thank God she lived. She'd better get a GREAT Mother's Day card for this!

posted by wingnut4life at 06:52 AM on February 22

If I was her I would take the bear to a taxidermist. Set him up in front of the house as a warning to the other bears.

posted by njsk8r20 at 07:36 AM on February 22

90 pounds on a wet day Eww.. poorly worded.

posted by tron7 at 07:47 AM on February 22

Egads, global warming. Polar bears in the town rather than hanging out on ice packs. Kids in Northern Quebec playing street hockey in February.

posted by gspm at 07:52 AM on February 22

I thought the saying was "soaking wet and full of bananas"

posted by njsk8r20 at 07:53 AM on February 22


posted by fieldman at 08:56 AM on February 22

"Great save by Mom... but Jimmy scored on the rebound!" Wow! Are you kidding me? Just ask any of us Fathers out there, when it comes to protecting the kids, Mom acts first then asks questions. They have more of a protective instinct than we do. Good for her!

posted by wbolton at 10:01 AM on February 22

Surprising ,but not unheard of. Congratulations and salutes to a brave Mom. A hero in my book.

posted by Niko at 10:08 AM on February 22

tron7 - I often wonder what it says about me that, with stories like this, the things I notice are the linguistic fuck-ups. I guess whatever it says about me, it also says about you. Regardless - he was barking up the wrong neck of the woods with that comment. I can see this being made into a movie - Stop! Or My Mom Will Wrestle You To The Ground!

posted by JJ at 10:12 AM on February 22

Well I noticed that and also wondered how the bear managed not to kill her.

posted by tron7 at 10:20 AM on February 22

Silly Canadians. Dickhead. Oh, and I don't think much of the bear, either.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:27 AM on February 22

I have always said the Mom's are really passionate about their hockey. Whats up with playing street hockey in that neck of the woods of Canada, in the dead of winter? Maybe playing on the ice was too dangerous because of the bears? Id have to make that polar bear into a rug. Great story

posted by directpressure at 12:04 PM on February 22

That women's got some brass balls, i guess Thats killer. she probably weighed like 115-130. shes very fortunate that bear didn't just rip her head off.

posted by stolenbase7 at 01:29 PM on February 22

"Thats killer. she probably weighed like 115-130" Yeah, or maybe she weighed 90 pounds like the article said...

posted by amojica at 01:34 PM on February 22

I'd be careful if I were her...that bear's family calls out a vendetta on her, she'll have to sleep with one eye open. Either that, or leave town. Either way, a tough bear to cross.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:35 PM on February 22

Yeah, or maybe she weighed 90 pounds like the article said... Actually, some guy in the article guestimated that she weighed "90 pounds on a wet day." Any man with any sense automatically underestimates a woman's weight by at least 20 pounds. If that woman just fought a 700-pound polar bear, you underestimate by at least 50 pounds, or she'll kick your Canuck ass.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:38 PM on February 22

Any man with any sense automatically underestimates a woman's weight by at least 20 pounds. Amen brother, at least 20lbs. Of course I'm not sure but I think my 1st wife actually was a 700lb Polar bear who thought she was a 90lb woman.

posted by commander cody at 12:25 AM on February 24

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