You’ve heard of music soothing the wild beast, but in Norway kids also use American hard rock to ward them off. 13-year-old Walter Eikrem was walking home from school along a wooded road when he was confronted by four wolves in Rakkestad last week as reported by Der Spiegel.
“The worst thing you can do is run away because doing so just invites the wolves to chase you down,” young Walter said, recalling his mother’s advice. “But I was so afraid that I couldn’t even run away if I’d wanted to.” Luckily, Walter had Creed loaded up on his Sony Ericsson, so he pulled out the ear buds, cranked the volume and let the unappealing hard rock blast at the wolves while he yelled and waved his arms at them — until overcome with the noise, the pack left him alone.
Creed’s lead singer Scott Stapp was flattered to hear the news about his band’s 2009 single, “Overcome,” and it’s role in saving he day. “It’s crazy how it may have fended off those wolves,” Stapp told THR. “I’m just really glad the boy is alive and safe. His mom is probably the hero with good survival advice not to run.”
But the wolves may have simply been disgusted. “They didn’t really get scared,” Walter admitted to Der Spiegel. “They just turned around and simply trotted away.”
Apologies in advance, here’s the music video for the song: