Dramatic moment Seattle mom rescues an excited toddler who saw a bear in her yard and ran toward it

Dramatic moment Seattle mom rescues excited little daughter who saw a bear in her yard and ran excitedly toward the apex predator

  • Samantha Martin’s daughter Jennifer, two, spotted a black cub in her yard
  • The child shouted, “That’s a bear” before sprinting toward the wild animal believed to be his favorite animal
  • The toddler had been watching a movie at the time of discovery
  • The young mother believes that the two-year-old secretly locked a door unintentionally
  • “I just panicked. I wasn’t really thinking much about getting the kid and getting back in at the moment,” she said

Dramatic footage from home surveillance showed a mother rescuing her toddler after the little girl ran excitedly towards a black bear the boy had spotted in her yard.

Home security footage at Samantha Martin’s home in Redmond, a 20-minute drive from downtown Seattle, captured the dramatic moment when her toddler Juniper squealed when she spotted a black cub walking on a concrete walkway in the backyard garden ran.

“Juniper, come back inside,” Martin says as she chases after her little daughter.

“That’s a bear!” The boy gasps with excitement and sprints toward the wild mammal whose apex predator mother was likely nearby. As soon as she takes off, her mother rushes across the room and picks her up before the child gets out of reach.

“I just panicked. I wasn’t really thinking much about getting the kid and getting back in at the moment,” Martin told FOX 13.

“It was just a little baby bear, but my biggest concern wasn’t necessarily the baby bear as I didn’t know where the mother was and I didn’t know how she would feel if two people ran towards her baby. ‘ She added.

Juniper, two, ran towards a baby black bear while watching a movie after seeing the animal walking down a concrete path in the backyard of her home

The child was watching a movie at the time she spotted the wild animal. Martin believes that before the incident, the two-year-old secretly unlocked a door leading to the patio of the house where the bear appeared.

The young mother said her daughter ran towards the bear because the furry creature was her favorite animal after learning how to identify it through a children’s picture book.

However, since the incident, the toddler has learned more about bears and how dangerous human interactions can be.

“I told her the bear was dangerous and we watched National Geographic,” Martin said.

The mother also learned that the bear was eating from the now-crushed bird feeder of the backyard house.

She added child safety locks to the patio door as a result of the incident and removed the feeder to avoid a similar situation in the future.

“I love birds, but I don’t want bears coming into the yard all the time, so I don’t scatter the bird seed again,” Martin said.

The toddler's mother, Samantha, quickly ran to the rescue before her child was out of reach.  She believes that before discovery, the child unlocked the door leading to the terrace of the house where the bear appeared

The toddler’s mother, Samantha, quickly ran to the rescue before her child was out of reach. She believes that before discovery, the child unlocked the door leading to the terrace of the house where the bear appeared

The young mother grabbed her daughter and ran back after noticing the bear

The young mother grabbed her daughter and ran back after noticing the bear

The family home was built near a greenway and not far from a large local golf course for wildlife viewing.

After the incident, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) warned residents that bears are coming out of hibernation and hungry for prey as summer approaches.

Local authorities are asking people not to leave food hanging outside, either in public or in the yard, to avoid bear encounters.

“Bird feeders can be a real lure for bears and other wildlife … take your bird feeders off in the spring,” said Chase Gunnell, a WDFW spokesman.

The black bear population in Washington is estimated at 25,000 to 30,000. State park officials advise people not to run away from bears and instead show the creature the human presence by speaking, singing or clapping in a confident voice.

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