By Bill Doyle

It's a miracle he's alive; a Minnesota teen was awakened by a wolf clamping its jaws on his head.

According to Newser.com,

Noah Graham, 16, awoke before dawn to find his head gripped in the jaws of a 75-pound gray wolf.

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Noah needed 17 staples to close a wound in his head and is receiving anti-rabies shots. Police later shot and killed a wolf believed to have been the culprit.

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Noah's reddish-brown hair may have caused the wolf to mistake his head for a smaller creature.

I can't imagine what my reaction would be if something similar happened to me or a loved one. The closest encounter I had was when I met a full grown tiger named Pandora. Pandora came to visit our show when we worked elsewhere with her owner. Nothing bad happened, but it certainly could have.

Have you ever had a scary experience with a wild animal? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.