A California man claims he was saved from a mountain lion attack when a mother bear came to his rescue and jumped on the big cat.

Robert Biggs, 69, said he was walking along a trail near the town of Paradise, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, when he spotted a bear and her cub, Fox affiliate KTXL-TV reported. 

Briggs said that after watching the pair for a while, he turned to leave and was attacked from behind by a mountain lion. 

"I was bent over, going up the trail, and something jumped on my back and knocked me to my knees, and I turned around, and it was a mountain lion," Biggs told the station. 

"I had a rock in my right hand, and I come around and swing and hit him in the side of the head, and it made a big screeching sound. And I come back to swing again, and I come around, and just about half way there, I see this dark figure grabbing the neck of the mountain lion and tearing it down the ground behind me," recalled Biggs.

He said the mother bear he had been watching jumped in to rescue him.

"I’m sure the bear was trying to save me. The way she was looking at me just two minutes before I was standing there watching her, and she was looking at me like we were old friends," he said.

Briggs claims that after wrestling for a few minutes, the mountain lion and bear walked off in separate ways, according to the station.

Briggs' wife, Suzanne, told the station that he came home with "blood all over his pants" and "skin hanging off his arm."

"He had these puncture wounds and scratches," she said.

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