Mel Gibson reportedly saved a group of people from a deadly snake while on a cleansing retreat.
The Hollywood actor has remained largely out of the limelight recently, following his bitter split from Oksana Grigorieva.
He recently spent some time at the Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona, which is when the incident occurred.
"Mel was on a cleansing retreat… and was on a five-mile hike into the desert mountains with eight other guests when he suddenly heard an ominous rattle he knew well as a long-time resident of the Malibu mountains! A split second later, a huge rattlesnake slithered onto the trail and went into attack mode. Instantly, Mel shielded three women next to him with his body, yelling, 'Stay back!'" a source told National Enquirer.
The serpent was six feet long and Mel's companions were reportedly frozen with fear. One managed to hand the actor a tree branch, which he used to fend off the snake.
"Mel charged the rattlesnake, yelling at the top of his lungs, and beat it back off the trail. Then he stood guard, keeping the snake at bay while everyone moved quickly past the danger point," the source added. "When all were safely distant, the group gave Mel a rousing cheer."
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