Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Marquel Dawson, the Fairfield teenager who attacked a mountain lion with a samurai sword (Video clip) to protect the family dog. Or at least he thought it was a mountain lion: Fish and Game officials now believe the animal was actually a raccoon.
You may chuckle, and I’m sure that Dawson’s rep has taken a hit back home. He’s probably lucky he’s not in high school anymore. But I would like to point out that when Dawson armed himself with a sword he thought he was attacking a mountain lion. He thought, “Should I attack a mountain lion? Yes, this is a great idea, this cannot possibly be a bad idea.” The guy held a samurai sword over his head and swung it at what he thought was a mountain lion.
Even if at the time he kinda sort realized it might have been a raccoon and only changed its genus and species (and Family — they are both of the Order Carnivora) for publication, I’m not sure I would have decided against a samurai sword if I had one at my disposal — those things are wily, and this one was tussling with a 65-pound pit bull. I think Dawson’s lucky the raccoon didn’t have its own sword.