A 17-year-old California girl was filmed shoving a large bear off her fence after the animal swiped at her dogs.
“The dog that the bear grabbed is the baby,” Hailey Morinico told NBCNews, adding that “I have to protect the baby.”
The black bear had been walking with two cubs atop a fence at the home in Bradbury, east of Los Angeles and in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, when the family's four dogs came running out to yap at the bears.
Despite the fact that the cubs bolted and mama bear turned to follow, she began swiping at the dogs below.
“I go over to the bear, look it in the eyes, and the first thing I think of is pushing it, pushing a bear, pushing an apex predator, man,” she said in a TikTok video. “And to be honest, I don’t think I pushed her that hard, I just pushed her enough to make her lose her balance.”
Morinico grabbed the pup and bolted as the bear fell through the fence.
It worked out, but she is aware that it could have gone horribly wrong for the youth.
“Do not push bears,” she advised KTLA, “and don't do what I did because you might not get the same result.”
During the encounter, Morinico sprained a finger and hit her knee.