Californian teenager pushes bear off backyard wall to protect pet dogs
A teenager is lucky to have escaped with just a sprained finger after pushing away a mother bear to protect her pet dogs.
Californian resident Hailey was captured on CCTV coming face-to-face with the black bear, which had climbed along her backyard fence with its two cubs.
In a TikTok video, Hailey said she initially thought her dogs were barking at another dog or a squirrel.
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."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'," Hailey said.
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 her, and her pets, were "all OK".
A female black bear can weigh up to 80 kilograms