Horror moment mum saves child from bear

The curious toddler was chasing the bear through the backyard but when her “scared” mum realised what was happening she jumped into action.

After saving her toddler from being mauled by a mother bear in her backyard, a woman in the United States is making waves.

The moment is captured in this video 3.2 million views on TikTokGawkers praise her quick thinking in the face danger.

“I was scared and started cussing like a sailor,” Samantha Martin told Storyful of the heart-stopping incident, which occurred outside their home in Redmond.

In the extended footage, which was caught on a home security camera, the woman’s young daughter Juniper can be seen walking toward the backyard after spotting a small black bear that’s scrambling along their patio wall.

All of a sudden, the child — apparently excited by the backyard bear sighting — runs outside to join her furry friend while excitedly squealing, “That’s a bear.”

Martin said that Juniper had just finished reading an animal identification manual and stated that bears were one of her favourite animals.

Martin was able save the day.

The quick-thinking mum realized what was going on and ran out to grab the Mowgli wannabe before running back inside with her daughter, tucked under her arms like a football.

“Juniper come back inside, there’s a bear outside,” exclaims the distraught mum while carrying her wayward toddler indoors.

“It started running across the fence and she chased it,” said Martin while describing the white-knuckle incident to Fox 13 News.

“I just panicked. I didn’t really have a lot of thoughts in the moment so much as get the child and get back inside.”

The panicked parent said she wasn’t afraid of the “little baby bear,” which ran off amid the commotion, but feared that the mother could’ve been lurking nearby.

“I didn’t know where the mum was and didn’t know how she’d feel about two humans running towards her baby,” said Martin.

According to the mother, the bear initially was attracted to the family bird feeder, which it had ripped apart and emptied.

“Bird feeders can provide a real attractant for bears and other wildlife,” said Chase Gunnell, Puget Sound Region communications manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He added that it was important that people “take down their feeders” during the springtime, when hungry bears are emerging from their winter dens in search of calories.

In light of the close call, Martin said she’s “not putting the bird seed back up.”

The mother was also vigilant and made sure to educate her child on wildlife.

“I did tell her the bear was dangerous, and we’ve been watching National Geographic,” said Martin, who plans to childproof the patio door to prevent future interspecies playdates.

This story originally appeared at the New York PostIt is reproduced here with permission


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