17-year-old Californian pushes bear to save her dogs, video says
(KTLA) – A 17-year-old girl in California was filmed running towards a bear in her backyard and pushing it away to save her dogs.
Surveillance footage shows a bear and two cubs walking along a brick wall shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday in the teenager’s garden in Bradbury, in the San Gabriel Valley. Three of the dogs in the family started barking at them.
At the time, the family was gardening at another end of the yard when they heard barking. The video shows the bear running over the dogs a few times before Hailey Morinico rushes in.
She said she thought dogs were barking at other dogs when she first ran towards the wild bear. “I run to see what they bark and it’s not a dog, it’s a bear,” she said.
“I see the bear, he grabs my dog, Valentina, and I have to run over there. It’s a baby, ”Hailey said. “And the first thing I think about doing is pushing the bear.” And somehow it worked.
The video shows her pushing the bear, causing the animal to fall back and off the wall.
On Facebook, his mother, Citlally Morinico, called it “one of the scariest moments in life.”
The teenager suffered a sprained finger and grazed her knee, but she and her mother are grateful that these are her only injuries. Hailey said she ran away from the wild bear as fast as she could.
“By the time the bear was pushed, I was out of there with my other dog,” she said.
The family said it was not the first time they have seen a bear or other wildlife around their home since moving there in February. Citlally Morinico said bears are typically spotted in the neighborhood about two to three times a week.
But this is the first time the family has come so close to wildlife, they said. Hailey and her mother suggested that no one do what she did.
“Don’t push the bears,” Hailey said. “Don’t do what I did. You might not have the same result.