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Girl, 17, who pushed a BEAR says it was a split-second decision to save her dogs

A California teen who charged at a huge bear in the backyard of her home says it was a split-second decision she made in order to save her beloved dogs. 

Hailey Morinico, 17, was seen on her home surveillance camera Monday charging towards the predator after it clambered atop a wall outside her Bradbury residence. 

The mother bear was with her two young cubs looking for food before she began pawing at Morinico’s four barking canines – Wednesday, Sparkles, Valentina and TJ. 

‘Honestly, I did not know it was a bear until right after I pushed it,’ Morinico told Good Morning America on Wednesday of the now-viral footage that shows her beating the bear away from her pooches. 

‘I didn’t know I had it in me to be honest. Who does that? Who in their right mind pushes a bear?’ 

Hailey Morinico, 17, is speaking out after charging at a huge brown bear who appeared in the backyard of her home

Morinico was seen on her home surveillance camera Monday charging towards the predator after it clambered atop a wall outside her Bradbury residence.

Morinico was seen on her home surveillance camera Monday charging towards the predator after it clambered atop a wall outside her Bradbury residence. 

Morinico’s mom, Citlally, also appeared on the morning program and said she was ‘horrified’ by the footage of her daughter’s brush with the brown bear. 

Miraculously, Morinico only ended up with a sprained finger during the encounter and experts say she is lucky to be alive. 

‘The is nothing more dangerous than a mother bear with her cubs,’ wildlife expert Ron Magill told Good Morning America.  

‘Never run at an animal and never make physical contact. That could be disastrous.’ 

Morinico also appeared on CNN, accompanied by her pet pooch, Valentina, whom the hungry bear had her eyes on. 

‘The bear, she was picking up this dog, Valentina, and she was literally off of the ground, and I had to do what I had to do. So I knelt down and I had about two seconds to think, and the first thing that popped into my head was to push the bear off the ledge,’ the teen told host John Berman and Breanna Keilar.  

‘This dog Valentina, she was in danger really, and she’s so important to the family – she’s my mother’s emotional support animal,’ she further explained.  

‘I couldn’t bear to let anything happen to her because I know the pain would have been way too much for my mom to handle, and really I think I did this for her.’

Morinico's small dogs Wednesday and Valentina were in the backyard barking at the bear and her two cubs

The bear had its eyes on Valentina and even attempted to pick the tiny canine up

Morinico’s small dogs Wednesday and Valentina were in the backyard barking at the bear and her two cubs 

Sparkles

TJ

Dogs Sparkles and TJ were also in the backyard at the timer

Morinico's mom (left) also appeared on the morning program and said she was 'horrified' by the footage of her daughter's brush with the bear

Morinico’s mom (left) also appeared on the morning program and said she was ‘horrified’ by the footage of her daughter’s brush with the bear

Morinico also appeared on CNN, accompanied by one of her pooch Valentina, who she helped save from the clutches of the hungry mother bear

Morinico also appeared on CNN, accompanied by one of her pooch Valentina, who she helped save from the clutches of the hungry mother bear

Animal instinct! Morinico didn't think twice about protecting her four beloved dogs

Animal instinct! Morinico didn’t think twice about protecting her four beloved dogs 

Video of Morinico’s encounter with the animal went viral after she first shared it on Tiktok on Tuesday. 

She told her followers on the social media site that she initially heard her dogs barking and went to tell them to stop.

‘When I go over there to see what they’re barking at I’m like, “ok that’s a funny looking dog,”‘ she recounted. 

The teen then realized she was standing face-to-face with a giant  bear, who had its eyes on her smallest pooch, Valentina.

‘She’s the baby and as her slave I have to protect her,’ Morinico remarked. 

The teen’s instincts kicked in and she charged at the animal without a second thought.  

‘I go over to the bear I look at it in the eyes and the first thing I think to do is push it,’ she explained.

‘Push a bear, push an apex predator, man. And to be honest I don’t think I pushed her that hard, I just pushed her enough to make her lose her balance. So she drops my dog and I run out of there.’   

Brush with a bear - and a brush with fame! Morinico made several appearances on morning TV on Wednesday after the world watch her dramatic encounter with the gigantic bear

Brush with a bear – and a brush with fame! Morinico made several appearances on morning TV on Wednesday after the world watch her dramatic encounter with the gigantic bear 

TikTokers noted how fast the teen was able to jump into action to protect her pets, while commending her for bravery and quick-thinking.

‘Can you please post cousin Hailey’s workout routine?’ a commenter named Lexie quipped. 

‘You are dog mom of the century,’ another TikToker commented. 

‘Kudos to the dog mom, that’s fierce.’   

Morinico said that in her location bear sightings were common during the summer.  

In a true fight-or-flight moment, the teenager daringly approaches the fully grown adult black bear and pushes it off the wall before immediately gathering her pets and going inside. She showed off her injuries on Instagram

Hailey Morinico, the 'mother' and rescuer of her dogs recounted the incident, and showed off her injuries from her face-off

In a true fight-or-flight moment, the teenager daringly approaches the fully grown adult black bear and pushes it off the wall before immediately gathering her pets and going inside. She showed off her injuries on Instagram and TikTok

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