A video has gone viral showing a mother bravely saving her toddler from a possible bear attack.
The bear hung out in the woman’s yard, while the terrifying moment was captured on video and has since gone viral on TikTok.
On home security footage at their Seattle home, Samantha is heard saying, “Juniper, come back inside.” The toddler is seen waddling into the backyard in Redmond, Washington, where a black bear was scrambling on the wall.
“That’s a bear!” The youngster screamed with delight before sprinting towards the cub, who was most likely accompanied by his apex predator mother.
When she realized what was going on, she dashed outside and scooped her daughter back inside.
“I was scared and started cussing like a sailor,” Samantha Martin tells the heart-stopping incident.
“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,” she added.
She continued, “It was just a little baby bear, but my biggest concern wasn’t necessarily the baby bear so much as I didn’t know where the mom was and didn’t know how she’d feel about two humans running towards her baby.”
She revealed that her young daughter Juniper had recently been reading an animal identification book and said that bears were her favorite animal. Juniper was watching a movie when she spotted the baby bear and is suspected of sneaking out through the patio door.
Samantha said she is now educating her child about wildlife.
“I did tell her the bear was dangerous and we’ve been watching National Geographic,” Samantha said.
The family discovered that their furry intruders had been feeding themselves from a now-destroyed bird feeder on the patio, which they have since removed.
Samantha also installed a child safety lock to prevent Juniper from running out alone.
“I love birds, but I also don’t want bears to continuously come into the yard, so I’m not putting the bird seed back up,” she said.
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