Brave teen pushes bear off fence to protect her dogs

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A brave 17-year-old girl from Southern California discovered a bear on top of a walled fence trying to grab her dogs on Monday; the young hero mustered up her brute strength and pushed the bear away.

According to KtlaNews, the San Gabriel Valley teen, Hailey Mortinico heard a commotion outside with the dogs barking uncontrollably and went across the yard to investigate. That is when she saw the bear swiping at her four dogs.

The video, released on TikTok, showed the bear and her two cubs walking along a brick wall in Hailey’s backyard. Three of the dogs were barking at the bears. Hailey and her mother  had been on the other end of the yard when the barking started. The bear can be seen swiping at the dogs as Hailey ran towards them and the bears.

Hailey is then seen  shoving the bear, causing the animal to fall backward and off the wall.

Hailey sprained her finger and scraped her knee, but fortunately she ran from the bear quickly with the youngest puppy in her arms and avoided the bear’s obvious anger.

Hours later the video had nearly 20 million views.

“My cousin Hailey yeeted a bear off her fence today and saved her dogs. How’s your Memorial Day?” Branda wrote in the caption.

Haley reacted to all of the notoriety the TicTok video caused and wrote on her own account:

“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.”

(Photo: Instagram/Bakedlikepie)

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1 reply
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    If those were my dogs, I would prefer to let them “take care of their business” in an enclosed area, like a roofed dog pen with a door, close to my back door.

    I wouldn’t take my chances with another encounter……. Bears are very smart and scary predators……. they will eat whatever they want and catch (including humans and pets)…….


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