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How A Bear Saved The Life Of A Woman And Her Dog From A Wolf In The Wild

21 Jun 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

Just like we all read in The Junglebook! Here in real life too a bear comes to the rescue of a human and also a dog! A Canadian woman has told of how she made use of a nearby bear to deter a wolf that had stalked her and her dog for 12 exhausting hours in forests in the remote north of the country.


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Barnaby couldn't believe her luck. Twelve hours earlier, she had been picking mushrooms in the remote Canadian wilderness when she had heard a growl behind her. She turned around and saw Joey, her faithful mutt, locked in a snarling standoff with a skinny black wolf.

For twelve hours, the wolf had pursued Barnaby and her dog through the wildfire-scorched forests of the Northwest Territories.

And for twelve hours, the starving animal had tried to separate Barnaby and Joey, driving them all deeper into the bush.

Night settled around Barnaby, hiding the swarms of mosquitoes that blanketed her arms, legs and face.

And still the wolf snapped and growled, waiting for the woman or her dog to drop their guard.


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Barnaby was near collapse when dawn began to creep across the sky. 

“It took me a while to realise that he knew what he was doing,” Barnaby said. “He was trying to wear me down. He was trying to separate Joey and I. He was dogged. He was just determined. I was in trouble.”

That's when she heard the bear grunt. Salvation came in the unlikely form of a mother bear, whose growls were heard as the sun began to rise. Realizing the bear had become separated from its cub, Barnaby said, she settled on an unorthodox plan – to get between the mother and her offspring, despite the very real danger she could herself be attacked by the bear.

“I realised that there was a chance that the mother bear would tackle the wolf if she felt that the wolf was a threat,” she said. “So I made the choice of walking towards the cub."


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“I heard this big crashing behind me and realized that the mama bear had attacked the wolf, or maybe the other way around, I don’t know, but they were fighting and I could hear the wolf yelping and I could hear the mama bear growling and I could hear all this crashing and I just took off.”

“I didn’t think I was going to make it,” she told the Washington Post. “I started talking to both my sons, one of whom died when he was a baby, and my other son, who is a young man now. I was talking to all kinds of people that I love, and I was crying the whole time.”

On Saturday morning she finally managed to get to the highway, where she saw several Mounties involved in a search effort. Barnaby chose to drive herself and Joey home – and “nearly passed out from exhaustion” while doing so.

Our mother earth is surprising us with new stories everyday. This story gives us the chills if we imagine ourselves to be in her place!


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