A dip in a hot tub with a spouse sounds pleasurable until a mountain lion decides to third-wheel on the fun.
Wildlife officials have launched a search party for a mountain lion that pounced on a man’s head in a hot tub. The victim was relaxing in a hot tub with his wife at a rental home in central Colorado when the unexpected visitor showed up.
Based on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports, the man was kicking back in an outdoor hot tub when he felt a claw grabbing at his head. He screamed in terror and started splashing water at the animal. His wife shined a flashlight to ward off the animal.
Officials explained that it ran off to the top of a hill and observed the couple from the peak.
The couple returned back to the home where they washed off his wounds and contacted the property owner, who was employed with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The man refused to seek medical treatment for the four scratches on the top of his head and near his right ear. He’s going to lick his wounds and call it a day.
“We think it’s likely the mountain lion saw the man’s head move in the darkness at ground level but didn’t recognize the people in the hot tub,” said Sean Shepherd, area wildlife manager based in Salida. “The couple did the right thing by making noise and shining a light on the lion.”
State wildlife officers started searching for the lion along a steep ridge near a creek but they didn’t have much luck catching the intruder in the frozen snow. They set up a trap and will continue to monitor mountain lion activity.
The next set of brave vacationers can lure the mountain lion to make a reappearance.