Kicker – Saving Buddy from a bear

NICK EICHER, HOST: The bond between a man and his dog can be powerful. 

Powerful enough to motivate a man to victory in a fistfight with a wild animal who tips the scales at 350 pounds.

We recently told you about a Florida man wrestling an alligator to save his dog. In this instance, a California man fought off a bear!

Kaleb Benham told television station KOVR that he was outside near his home with his 90-pound pitbull Buddy.

BENHAM: And I heard a growl, looked over the hillside and about 75-100 feet down, the bear was dragging him by his head—had his head in his mouth.

Without hesitation, Benham rushed the bear.

BENHAM: I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it, and grabbed it by its throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let him go.

Benham then rushed his dog to a veterinary hospital. And after nearly 4 hours of emergency surgery, Buddy is on the mend!

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(Photo/Facebook, Kaleb Benham)

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