Dee Gallant used the metal band’s ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ to scare off a wild cougar during a walk with her dog.
Saved by metal
Metal music has been known to deter people with its aggressive sound, abrasive vocals and morbid lyrics. Now however, it appears the genre also has the same effect on some wild cats.
Vancouver Island resident Dee Gallant was walking her dog when she spotted a wild cougar trailing her.
Speaking to Canada Global News, she said: “At first, I wasn’t intimidated, I thought, ‘wow. This is really cool. Look at that cougar.’ “Then I thought, ‘ wait a minute, that’s a cougar.'”
Dee Gallant began to film the wild cat before realising the potential danger her and her dog may have faced.
Dee attempted to intimidate the animal by waving her arms around and shouting, but the cougar didn’t flee.
Then, in a moment of true inspiration, Dee flicked through her iTunes music library and played Metallica’s ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ at full blast.
“I thought it was perfect because it gives him the message that I want to send, and its a really intimidating-sounding song.”
I immediately put it on and I held it up high in the air,” she continued: “As soon as he heard the first note, he bolted. He was just gone.”
A call from the band
With her video going viral, Dee’s strange survival story reached the ears of Metallica‘s liaisons. Shortly after, Dee was contacted to organise a chat with one of the band members.
After Kirk Hammett shared her story on Facebook, Dee assumed it would be Metallica’s lead guitarist she’d be speaking to. Surprisingly however, it was the band’s lead singer and songwriter James Hetfield on the other line.
Photo by Dee Gallant
In an interview with Narcity, Gallant said: “I was just beside myself. I wasn’t sure what to say to him, I was at a loss for words at first,” Dee continued. “He was very easy to talk to, very down to earth. We talked about normal things like dogs and the differences in where we live, things like that.”
Dee later commented: “I thanked them for saving my life. I owe it to their song,” and: “If I ever get the chance to meet them I can give them all a big hug.”
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