Kaleb Bentham, a California man, had just let his 90-pound pit bull named Buddy out to play in their backyard in Grass Valley, California the night before Thanksgiving. After several minutes, he heard a weird noise, so he went outside to check it. And as it turned out, Buddy had come face-to-face with a 350-pound bear.

He glanced down around 75-100 feet to see the bear dragging the dog by his head and chomping on his head. Fortunately for Buddy, his owner was a brave and attentive man. Kaleb sprung into action, horrified by the scene unfolding in front of him.

In that instant, he realized that he would willingly go to any length to save the life of his beloved dog. He quickly raced down to the bear, smashed into it, tackled it, grabbed its throat, and began punching it in the face and eyes until the bear let go of his dog. The bear dropped Buddy from his mouth and walked away, but the terror was far from done.

Buddy suffered multiple injuries, and the nearest veterinary clinic was unfortunately not open because of COVID-19. Kaleb eventually found an open veterinary hospital, and when they arrived, the staff was ready to receive Buddy and immediately began the operation. The injuries to Buddy’s face and head required three and a half hours to treat, and after the surgery, Buddy’s face was full of staples, stitches, and drainage tubes.

Buddy, miraculously survived and they expect the dog to make a full recovery in no time. The bear, on the other hand, is still on the loose and went to the location multiple times. Kaleb adored the pit bull so much, and he treated him as if he were one of his own, claiming that he would voluntarily put his life on the line just to save Buddy.

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Credit: CBS Sacramento

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