A brave woman is lucky to have escaped with just a sprained finger after pushing away a
mother bear to protect her pet dogs.
The incredible footage was published on TikTok and went viral online, with people
sharing their reactions and concerns.
In the clip, a bear can be seen moving along a wall while the 17-year-old’s dogs run-in
A small bear cub is also on the wall but runs away when the dogs start barking.
At one point, the adult bear appears to try and grab one of the dogs before the lady
rushes outside her home to save her pooches.
The Utah teen, only identified as Hailey, bravely runs towards the bear and, without any
hesitation pushes it off the wall.
The CCTV shows the two bear cubs scampering across the brick fence to escape the four
barking dogs, while the mother bear starts to swipe at the pets.
Hailey then rushes towards the bear and shoves it off the wall.
“By the time I get there, the bear is literally picking up one of my dogs,” Hailey said.
“I go over to the bear, I look it in the eyes and the first thing I think to do is push it.
“I don’t think I pushed her that hard, I just pushed her enough to make her lose her
balance. “So she drops my dog and I run out of there.”
Hailey said she sprained her finger and scraped her knee but she, and her pets, were
“all OK”. A female black bear can weigh up to 80 kilograms.
The video attracted thousands of comments, with some people praising the woman
and others pointing out that the bear was probably trying to defend its cub.
A person commented: “She did not just fight a whole bear bro.”
Another said: “She’s a true hero. Automatically love her for her bravery, she saw her kids
in danger and ran no hesitation.”
Some people also expressed their concern for Hailey, with one saying: “That could’ve
ended horribly and I’m glad that it didn’t.”