Girl, 17, escaped with a sprained finger after rushing at a BEAR to protect her dogs, says she ‘didn’t record’ that the dangerous animal could ‘injure or kill her’
- Hailey Morinico, 17, fought bear who appeared in backyard of her house
- Bear pushed off wall to protect her four dogs who were attacked by animals
- Surveillance video of the encounter went viral after it was posted on TikTok. was shared
- She said this morning she had ‘no time to think’ and her ‘mind was empty’
A teenager who fought a bear to protect her dogs says she “didn’t register” when the dangerous animal could “injure or kill her.”
Hailey Morinico (17) attacked the predator earlier this week when the animal clambered up a wall outside her California home and started scratching her four dogs.
Surveillance footage from home showing the shocking moment Hailey pushed the bear went viral after the teen shared it on TikTok.
When she appeared on Good Morning Britain with mum Citlally today, the brave teen said she “had no time to think” when she saw the bear in her garden, and her “mind went blank” when she saw the predator of the wall pushed.
Hailey was seen on her home security camera Monday running toward the predator after it climbed a wall outside her California home
She appeared on Good Morning Britain with mother Citlally today. Brave teen said she had ‘no time to think’ when she saw the bear in her yard
The brave teen appeared on Good Morning Britain with mum Citlally today and said she had ‘no time to think’ when she saw the bear in her garden
“At that point, I honestly saw it was a bear, but I didn’t register in my head that a bear could be a dangerous animal that could injure or kill me,” she said. “I just saw him pick up my dog and I had to do what I had to do to save her.”
She continued: “I was face to face with that bear and when I was face to face I had no time to think. My head was empty and the first thing that came to mind was to press it and I was so happy that everything went well.”
Hailey’s parents were nearby during the incident, which saw the teen run into when her dogs started barking.
“We were in the garden,” she explained. “It was just around the corner from the garden, it’s just awesome. My parents were only a few feet away from me and it all happened so fast.
Surveillance footage from home showing the shocking moment Hailey pushed the bear went viral after the teen shared it on TikTok. She is pictured with one of her puppies
‘I’m just so lucky aren’t I [the bear] focused on so many things, was so disoriented and I was rushing so fast. It happened before anyone could process anything.’
Miraculously, as a result of the encounter, the teen only ended up with a sprained finger and a scrape.
“I’m fine,” she said. “I sprained my finger pushing the bear, but it was really a comedy. You push a bear, get close to it and come out on your own… I’m so thankful we got out unharmed.”
Hailey’s mom Citlally says she had “no idea what was happening around the corner” and after she had a “panic attack,” her daughter and dogs — Sparkles, Valentina, and TJ — were unharmed.
“I found out when we finally got into the house and she said the bear almost took Valentina and she said, ‘I pushed him.’
Miraculously, as a result of the encounter, the teen only ended up with a sprained finger and a scrape. She showed her injuries on Instagram and TikTok
“After my panic attack I watched the video, it was just incredible and I was just in tears.”
When asked if she was angry that her daughter had something too risky, Citlally said, “I don’t think I was angry.
“I was very thankful she was okay and I just wanted to hug her. I think I went up to her room about 50 times during the night to give her a hug.”
She added: “I still get a knot in my throat every time I look at it, I see how close she was to death and it was so scary.”