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A viral TikTok video shows a courageous teen push a bear out of her Southern California backyard to save her dogs.
The 17-year-old teen, identified as Hailey Morinico, told KABC-TV that she noticed the bear when her dogs started to bark outside. The moment was posted by her cousin, Stephanie Lopez Villalobos, on TikTok and has gained nearly 8 million views, the Daily Mail reported.
“She sent the video on our family group chat and I just knew people would think it was crazy so I posted it,” Villalobos told the outlet. “We did not expect this much of a reaction though!”
It was originally captured by security cameras at the family’s home in Bradbury, California, on Memorial Day, the reports said.
The video shows a bear and her two cubs standing on the wall in the backyard. Several dogs are running around and barking at the bear before Morinco runs out of the house, and bravely shoves the bears behind the wall.
“I see the bear, it’s grabbing my dog, Valentina, and I have to run over there. She’s a baby,” Morinico told KTLA. “And the first thing I think to do is push the bear. And somehow it worked.”
Then, the teen grabbed one of the pups dogs and makes it into her home safely. The bear appears to walk off moments later. Morinico did not suffer life-threatening injuries from the interaction, KTLA reported.
Watch the video below: