Mother Grabs Toddler as She Runs Toward Bear

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The mother says bears are her 2-year-old’s favorite animal

A Redmond, Washington, mom had to act quickly when her 2-year-old girl ran toward a bear she spotted in their yard.

According to Fox 13, the crazy ordeal was captured by a home security camera. In the footage, you see a small black bear on a retaining wall and the little girl running toward it, excitedly squealing.

When she realizes what is happening, the girl’s mother, Samantha Martin, yells, “Juniper, come back inside,” as she chases behind her daughter.

“That’s a bear!” the girl exclaims.

You then see Martin grab Juniper and run inside.

Martin says the two were watching a movie when Juniper spotted the bear, unlocked the patio door, and ran outside to get a closer look at it.

“It started running across the fence and she chased it,” Martin said.

“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,” she said.

Although the small bear scurried off, Martin said she was mostly worried about the whereabouts of the mother bear.

“It was just a little baby bear, but my biggest concern wasn’t necessarily the baby bear so much as I didn’t know where the mom was and didn’t know how she’d feel about two humans running towards her baby,” said Martin.

Martin says Juniper has recently been learning about animals from a book and that bears are her favorite animal. 

“I think she was just excited to see something from her book,” said Martin.

The young bear had been eating seeds from a bird feeder, which it destroyed.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) encourages people to take down their bird feeders this time of the year because bears are emerging from their dens hungry and looking for food.

“Bird feeders can provide a real attractant for bears and other wildlife … take down your bird feeders in the spring,” said Chase Gunnell, Puget Sound Region communications manager for the WDFW.  

Martin says she will not replace the bird feeder and she will get a childproof lock for the sliding patio door.

“I love birds, but I also don’t want bears to continuously come into the yard, so I’m not putting the bird seed back up,” said Martin.

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