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Woman, 85, beats moose with shovel

An 85-year-old Alaska woman used a grain shovel to fend off an agitated moose that was stomping her husband.

George Murphy says his wife saved his life.

The Anchorage Daily News says the 82-year-old pilot, who flew for three decades for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was hiking with his golden retrievers near the Willow airport on Friday.

He saw the moose and dove in the snow, but the moose started stomping him.

His wife, Dorothea, who is 5 feet (1.52 metres) tall and weighs 97 pounds (44 kilograms), grabbed a big shovel and hit the moose in the body and head.

She ran for help, and Murphy was rushed by medical helicopter to an Anchorage hospital, where he was in good condition Monday with a gash to his head.

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