A mother has gone viral after she courageously prevented her child from being mauled by a black bear in her garden.
The terrifying video was uploaded to TikTok and has now gone viral.
In the footage, the toddler can be seen leaving the safety of the home in Redmond, Washington, and stumbling into the backyard, where a black bear was climbing the wall.
The quick-thinking mother raced outdoors and brought her daughter back inside as soon as she realized what was occurring.
Samantha Martin told Storyful that she was terrified and began cursing like a sailor when the terrifying incident happened outside their Redmond house.
She disclosed that her daughter Juniper had lately been reading an animal identification book and that bears were her favorite animal.
So, when she saw the bear on the wall, she ran outside while excitedly squealing: “That’s a bear.”
Speaking to Fox13, Samantha said: “It started running across the fence and she chased it. 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.”
Samantha 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 mom was and didn’t know how she’d feel about two humans running towards her baby,” said Samantha.
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,” she said.
She added that she plans to child-proof the patio door to prevent future incidents.
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