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People can do some amazing things when their dogs are in trouble!

A 17-year-old Southern California girl got in a shoving match with a bear to protect her dogs and walked away nearly unharmed!

Hailey Morinico and her mother were gardening in their backyard in Bradbury, Calif., on Monday afternoon when a bear and her cubs began walking atop a cinder block wall at one end of the garden.

Home security camera footage shows a bear and several cubs climbing over a fence into the house’s garden. Multiple dogs appear and start barking at the bear. One of the larger dogs runs up to the bear and is struck in the face several times by the larger animal. Reportedly, the dog was fine although it did suffer from some scratches.

Then, Hailey comes running into the frame and pushes the bear off the fence! While the bear quickly climbed back onto the fence, Hailey gathered the dogs and got them out of the area.

She said, “I go over to the bear, I look it in the eyes and the first thing I think to do is push it. Push a bear, push an apex predator. 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 dropped my dog and I ran out of there. I grabbed my other dog, I sprained my finger and scraped my knee, but we’re all OK.”

Check out the amazing video below!