Momma elk knocks out 83-year-old grandmother

Momma elk knocks out 83-year-old grandmother

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Momma elk knocks out 83-year-old grandmother

An 83-year-old grandmother, who has lived peacefully in elk country for 34 years, was knocked unconscious and sent to the hospital by a momma elk that was undoubtedly protecting its young one.

Jeri Longenbaugh of Payson, Ariz., is lucky to be alive after the encounter last Friday around 2 a.m., as reported by ABC 15 Phoenix.

Longenbaugh was awakened by her barking dogs, prompting her to go outside where she spotted an elk calf inside the gated yard. So she went to open the front gate.

“The baby won’t go out the gate, he starts like walking the opposite direction, then up the front part of the fence,” she told ABC. “And when I go like this to turn around to see what I hear, she’s there [in her face].”

The momma elk knocked her out and when she regained consciousness she found herself kicking and fighting the elk. She blacked out and woke up bloodied and heavily bruised.

“There was blood everywhere, all over her car, her bedroom,” daughter Linda McEuen told ABC.

Longenbaugh was told by doctors she’s lucky not to have broken any bones.

“I’ve had elk in the yard ever since I’ve lived here and I have always [gone] out in the yard and never have been afraid of them,” she told ABC.

Longenbaugh said she has two messages to those who think these animals are safe to approach.

“You don’t want to look like I do now, that’s the first message, and the second message is this, don’t trust them, they’re wild animals, they’ll protect their young at all cost—even if you mean them no harm.”

Photo is a screen grab from the video report.

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