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Brave dog owner fights off massive bear to save his pup’s life

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While dogs will do almost anything to protect their human family, most pet owners feel the same about their canines as one courageous man in Nevada has demonstrated.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 11/12/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Most devoted pet owners would like to think that there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do to protect their canine companions, even if it means putting their own lives at risk. Fortunately, this is rarely put to the test.

For Kaleb Bentham however, he had to make a quick and very brave decision to save the life of his Pitbull.

Horrific discovery

It’s a day that neither Kaleb nor his dog Buddy will ever forget. Kaleb was at home while his beloved dog was playing outside in the garden. Kaleb suddenly heard a growling sound outside and went out to find out what it was.

To his horror, he saw poor Buddy being dragged along by his head by a huge bear. Without giving it a second thought, Kaleb ran towards the animals. Rather like a rugby player, Kaleb ran into the 350-pound bear and grabbed it by the throat. He then punched the bear in the face and the eye until it eventually dropped the dog from its grasp.

Life-threatening injuries

Despite having just punched and tackled a bear, Kaleb grabbed Buddy and rushed him to the vet. He was desperately worried that his dog wouldn’t survive his bear encounter. He eventually found an open vet clinic and Buddy was quickly prepared for surgery.

The vets worked tirelessly on Buddy to save his life. They put a tube in his head to drain fluid and stapled and stitched up his various wounds, including reattaching the poor dog's ears.

A distraught Kaleb could only watch on helplessly as the vets operated on his dog for three and a half hours.

Thankfully, Buddy pulled through and soon reunited with a very relieved Kaleb.

Although he had to wear a cone to protect his wounds, he went on to make a good recovery.