"When I opened up my eyes it was on top of me -- with the friggin' noise, it's crazy the way it growls. Right from the stomach. It's not from the mouth, it's just inside," Cyr detailed to CBC News. "His mouth was wide open right in front of my face so the last thing I remember I had his tongue in my hand and I didn't want to let go because he was trying to fight me off. So he was hitting me with his claws, so I says, 'If you're going to hurt me, I'm going to hurt you too.' So he was biting his tongue at the same time."