...Plz do not poke bearz. Kthksbai
I'll never forget the 2013 story of a 12 year old girl who was attacked by a black bear and survived to tell her story.
Abby Wetherell was out for a run near her grandfather's cabin. A black bear knocked her off her feet and she suffered deep wounds on her back and thigh. "I was just thinking, 'This is it, I'm not going to live, I'm going to die right here," Abby said. Abby was able to free herself and run away, but the bear quickly caught up with her and knocked her down again.
She told reporters, "I thought that if I pet it, perhaps the bear would like me and stop attacking." And in what has to be one of the greatest understatements of all time Abby said, "that didn't work!".
Apparently, the bear was scared off when a screaming neighbor startled it. Abby was taken to the hospital where she received more than 100 stitches.