A teenager who became an overnight sensation after she fought off a bear to save her dogs has revealed what pushed her to make the daring move.
Hailey Morinico spoke to CNN about the instinctive decision to run towards the bear and push it off her garden wall to prevent it from attacking her dogs.
“Honestly, there was nothing really going through my mind, except that I had to protect my dogs,” she told CNN.
She said when she saw her smallest dog Valentine literally leave the ground in the bear’s paw she knew “I had to do what I had to do.”
She added: “So I knelt down and had about 2 seconds to think, and the first thing that popped into my head was to push the bear off the ledge.”
Her mother, Citlally Morinico, who was out gardening in the back yard with her daughter when the incident occurred, told ABC7 she can barely look at the video.
“I just break down every time I see (it),” she said. “It’s just horrifying to watch.”
Watch the teenager speak in the video below.