A very lucky dog has her very brave human to thank for saving her life after she was swiped up by the mighty paw of a bear.
Hailey Morinico is a seventeen-year-old girl from Southern California. One day, she heard her dogs barking outside. At first she didn’t think much of it — the dogs frequently bark when they see other dogs, after all. But when Hailey looked outside, she saw that the reason the dogs were barking was actually because there was a large mama bear walking along the backyard fence with her two cubs.
The dogs were barking at the bear, who was defending herself and her cubs by swiping at the dogs with her huge paws. In the process, she scooped up one of Hailey’s little dogs, and in a moment of desperation, Hailey charged forward and shoved the bear right off the wall. The dog was released, and momma bear and her cubs scampered off unharmed.
The unbelievable moment was captured by the family’s surveillance camera and shared by Hailey’s cousin Brenda.
Miraculously, Hailey and all the dogs are also ok (though Hailey did get a sprained finger and a bruise or two out of the whole ordeal). She explained her side of the story in a TikTok of her own.
We don’t know about you, but at seventeen, we sure weren’t doing anything nearly as cool as pushing a bear to save our dogs. But mostly we’re just glad that the animals and the brave teen in this story are all ok!