A California man allowed his best friend, a pit bull named “Buddy,” outside to play in the backyard the night before Thanksgiving. Not realizing the danger from a bear he may be in.
Later, that man would put his life on the line to save his dog from a big 350-pound black bear.
Kaleb Bentham had just let his 90-pound dog, Buddy, out into their backyard in Grass Valley, California, to play. After some time, he heard a weird noise and went outside to check. Buddy had come face to face with a 350-pound bear.
Benham told CBS13, “I heard a growl, looked about 75-100 feet down, and the bear was dragging him by his head, with his head in his mouth.”
Kaleb leaped into action, horrified by the scene before him but determined to go to any extent to save the life of the dog he had rescued years ago.
“I just dashed down there, smashed into the bear, tackled it, grabbed its throat, and began punching it in the face and eye until it let go.”
The bear let go of Buddy and retreated, but the terror was far from done.
Buddy had been gravely injured in the attack, and because of COVID-19, the nearest emergency veterinarian had closed down. However, Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital was open and ready to take Buddy right into operation when they arrived.
The horrific injuries to Buddy’s face and head required surgeons three and a half hours to treat, and the healing process is littered with staples, stitches, and drainage tubes.
Buddy, miraculously, has a long journey ahead of him, but he is anticipated to recover completely. On the other hand, the bear is still on the loose and has visited the location multiple times. Kaleb is willing to go to any length to ensure Buddy’s safety.
Watch the report by CBS13 below:
A man’s love for man’s best friend is a powerful force. Kaleb Benham from Grass Valley took on a 350 pound bear that was attacking his rescue dog, “Buddy.” Kaleb said he heard a growl the saw the bear dragging buddy “by his head.” So he tackled the bear and punched it pic.twitter.com/XAhTrS2AEC
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He said, “What would you do if it was your child?” That’s my kid, and I’d give anything for my dog.”
Watch the video of him after the attack *Warning, Graphic Content*
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