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A man somehow survived being bitten in the face during a horrifying bear attack.
Allen Minish was left with a crushed jaw and a scalp wound so deep a doctor said he could see bone after being set upon by a brown bear while out hiking in Alaska.
The 61-year-old said the attack only last 10 seconds before the bear decided to walk off, but he was fortunate to survive.
He told KTUU: "All of a sudden, I looked up, and about 30 feet away, there was this nice-sized brown bear.
"And it looked at me, and it came at me. And I thought: 'Great.'"
As Allen tried to escape the clutches of the bear, he fell to the ground and the hulking beast lunged at him.
The hiker decided to grab the lower part of the bear's jaw so it couldn't bite him.
He added: "So I got a hole punched in my hand with its molar, but he couldn't close his mouth. And all he did was scratch my hand with his upper one.
"But then he twisted his head so fast, he knocked my hand free and when he did that, he lunged, grabbed my head, took the first bite, relaxed and took the second bite, that was stronger.
"And that's when he cracked all the bones and part of my head."
After the attack finally ended, Allen called the emergency services, took off his top and wrapped it around his head to try and slow the bleeding.
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Miraculously, despite his injuries he was able to guide first responders to his location before walking himself away from the attack site, with some help from rescuers.
Allen was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Centre in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, where he underwent surgery for almost five hours.
He suffered a crushed jaw, deep scalp wound, multiple other lacerations, which required 100 stitches, and a wound to his right eye.
Allen said: "I guess I feel lucky. In all honesty, it wouldn't have mattered either way. You know, if it killed me, it killed me.
"I had a good life. I'm moving on.
"It didn't kill me, so now let's move on to the other direction of trying to stay alive."
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