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A surreal moment came over Kaleb Bentham from Grass Valley in California when he witnessed his beloved dog, Buddy, being pulled off into the woods by a 350-pound bear.
Kaleb said they had just been playing together and was briefly separated when he heard growling (from the bear) and yelping from his dog about 75-100 feet away from him.
When he looked over Buddy was being dragged off into some bushes and the bear had Buddy’s whole head in his mouth. Within a split-second, Kaleb’s fight or flight kicked in and he took off running towards the bear and plowed into it. He grabbed the creature by the throat and started punching it in the face.
“I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it and grabbed it by the throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let go,” he told CBS 13.
Fortunately, the bear released Buddy and ran off into the woods. Kaleb quickly rushed his pet to the hospital where Buddy went through surgery for three hours and it resulted in him getting several staples and stitches to the side of his head.
What’s got him worried now though is, since the incident, Kaleb has seen the bear again visiting his property.
“It made an attack and had its food and it’s food got taken from it and it wants it back, I feel like,” he added. “If it was your kid, what would you do? That’s my kid, I would die for my dog.”
Kaleb spoke with CBS 13 and gave some more details of what happened and showed off Buddy’s injuries. Buddy has a cone on and is expected to make a full recovery.