A backpacker was gored by an American bison on Santa Catalina Island.
Jardrec Anangos, 24, of Cerritos was recovering from a fractured pelvic bone after he was attacked Wednesday by buffalo, a descendants of a herd brought over to film a silent movie in the 1920s.
"All I can say is I'm happy to be alive," Anangos said.
Anangos said he and two friends had backpacked into Little Harbor to go snorkeling but saw a herd of about 15 bison blocking the path to the beach.
Anangos said he was about 20 feet away when he caught the eye of
The bison "didn't like me standing that close and charged me," he said.
He ran but "there was no real chance of me escaping," he said.
"They're way faster than humans."
He was gored from behind in the upper thigh and lifted.
"I was pretty much on top of his head," he said.
The herd then moved away.
Some nearby campers administered first aid until paramedics airlifted Anangos to the hospital.
Bob Rhein, a spokesman for the Catalina Island Conservancy, said he had not heard of a bison attacking a human in the three years he had worked for the agency.
"We don't like for anyone to get hurt, and we're very sorry that this happened," Rhein said.