It was a weird growl that let Kaleb know that something wasn’t right. He immediately rushed outside to find a 350 lb bear clutching his dog by the head, but he had no idea that by stepping in to interfere it would
A real friend always has your back when you need it.
So when Kaleb Benham’s best friend’s life was on the line he didn’t hesitate to jump in and put his own life in danger.
Even if that meant throwing down with a bear that was significantly larger than him. But that’s exactly what happened when a bear decided to attack his buddy.
Benham told CBS News that his 90-lb. rescue pit bull Buddy was playing outside of their Nevada County, California home the day before Thanksgiving.
Loud growling noises
Benham was inside his home when he heard growling outside.
He immediately ran to check on his dog and saw an absolutely terrifying sight.
A scary sight
He came outside to find a 350-pound bear dragging his dog by his head.
“Honestly, the only thing I could think of was ‘save my baby,’” Benham said.
And with that thought, Benham decided to fight the bear with his own bare hands.
Let me say that again. Dude fought a 350 lb. bear. By himself, by jumping on him and then beating the sh*t out of him. That’s freaking crazy!
“I just ran down there, plowed into the bear, tackled it and grabbed it by the throat and started hitting it in the face and the eye until it let go,” he said.
Buddy was still in danger
Even though Benham was able to wrestle his dog from the bear’s grip, Buddy still wasn’t in the clear.
Buddy received extensive injuries to his face and ears. To make matters worse, the closest vet hospital was closed due to a positive COVID case.
“My first thought was that I was going to lose him,” Benham said.
Benham ended driving to Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital in Grass Valley.
Doctors there rushed Buddy into surgery. Benham had to standby for three hours while Buddy’s ears were stapled back to his head and he received stitches and a tube to drain the fluid in his head.
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— Anna Twomey (@TwomeyMedia) December 4, 2020
That nasty bear almost took the dog’s eye out, biting very close to it. The bear also bit a hole through Buddy’s lip.
Benham and Buddy spent Thanksgiving resting together, thankful that they still had each other.
Buddy has to wear a cone of shame for a little while but he is expected to recover fully.
The bear is still lurking around
Unfortunately, the bear has returned to Benham’s house… several times!
Beham says he can’t figure out how to get rid of him.
“It made an attack and had its food and its food got taken from it and it wants it back, I feel like,” Benham said.
It is believed that the bear who attacked Buddy is a black bear since it’s the only bear species in the state with an estimated population of 25,000 to 30,000.
People all over the internet were impressed by Benham’s bravery.
“Still focused on his beloved dog when he could have been easily killed himself. Good (scary) work!” wrote one Twitter commenter.
People were touched by the way Benham sacrificed himself for his beloved doggo.
“I love that he said if it was your kid what would you do. His dog is his kid. I feel the same way about my dogs. I love them more than I do people. So glad the dog is ok. God Bless,” another person wrote on Twitter
They were all also seriously concerned about Buddy’s welfare.
The internet reacts
People were even asking if they could buy Buddy presents because they wanted him to have a more comfortable cone around his neck.
Animal lovers from all over were deeply touched by Kaleb and Buddy’s relationship. Learn more about the terrifying situation in the video below. We’re thankful that Buddy is safe and recovering!
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