Security camera footage in California captured a harrowing moment when a 17-year-old teenager named Hailey confronted a large bear in order to save her dogs.
You can see the mama bear with her two cubs sitting on the fence when the dogs come rushing into the scene. The bear starting pawing at the barking dogs, and it could have been all over if it wasn’t for the quick thinking (and incredibly brave) teenager.
After realizing her dogs were in dangerously close proximity to the bear, she rushed in to push the bear off balance as it perched atop the backyard fence.
She was then able to get the pups out of harm’s way and safely back into the house.
The initial video gained over 15 million views in just several hours after being posted by the girl’s cousin.
Her Side Of The Story
According to Newsweek, the girl in the video recalled the harrowing experience on her own social media accounts.
I mean, it’s not everyday that somebody fights a bear and wins:
“I was in the mountains so that is actually really normal.
This is our garden area and the dogs start barking, and I just thought they were barking at dogs, because they always bark at dogs and squirrels or whatever. I go to tell them to stop and when I go over there to see what they’re barking at, I’m like ‘that’s a funny-looking dog.’
By the time I get there, the bear is literally picking up one of my dogs.
I go over to the bear, I look it in the eyes and the first thing I think to do is push it. Push a bear, push an apex predator. To be honest, I don’t think I pushed her that hard. I just pushed her enough to make her lose her balance, so she dropped my dog and I ran out of there.
I grabbed my other dog, I sprained my finger and scraped my knee, but we’re all OK.”
Hailey emerged from the situation with just a scraped knee and a sprained finger… and one hell of a Memorial Day story.