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Who is Hailey Morinico? California teen pushes bear off her backyard wall to save her dogs in viral video

The incredible encounter was captured on home surveillance video on Memorial Day and is currently going viral all over the Internet
Hailey Morinico from Bradbury saved her family dogs by shoving a bear off her backyard wall (TikTok/bakedlikepie)
Hailey Morinico from Bradbury saved her family dogs by shoving a bear off her backyard wall (TikTok/bakedlikepie)

A California teenager is currently on the verge of becoming an overnight hero after she saved her dogs from a bear. A video showing Hailey Morinico battling a bear in the backyard of her Bradbury home is going viral and she's winning a million hearts across the country and globally as she's one of the biggest trends on Twitter on Tuesday, June 1.

The 17-year-old came dangerously close to the bear but decided not to be consumed by fear. The bear was about to step into her backyard and there was a possibility that this could mean danger for her family dogs, who were barking to raise alarm as it tried to intrude on the property. 

The CCTV video footage captured on Memorial Day shows the bear pawing at the family's service dog at least thrice while the other three puppies gathered around the part of the wall where the bear was propped on and continued barking. The teenager immediately came charging from inside the house and without a thought pushed the bear off the wall after which she quickly signaled her dogs to run for cover. She then carried her smallest puppy along with her and ran back inside the house ensuring everyone's safety. Morinico escaped with a small scratch, and she and all of her dogs are doing fine. 


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A bear propped on the backyard wall of a Bradbury, South California home on Memorial Day (TikTok/bakedlikepie)

Who is Hailey Morinico?

The video of the Bradbury teenager was shared on TikTok by her cousin Brenda, who goes by the username @bakedlikepie, and it amassed close to 15 million views in just a matter of hours. The caption of the video read, β€œMy cousin Hailey yeeted a bear off her fence today and saved her dogs. How’s your Memorial Day?” There are more than 110k comments on the video and has been liked by 5.6 million accounts since the video was first posted on Sunday, May 31. 

People on Twitter hailed Hailey as a hero and there are a lot of tweets pouring in for her. Most of these tweets are using the phrase 'Help The Bear', a lyric from rapper Mystical's freestyle. The complete lyrics are as follows:

make a motherf***a say β€˜Oh yeah!’ I’m cold as a lion with no hair
And, if you ever see me fighting in the forest with a grizzly bear
Help the bear
Cuz that b***h gon’ need it!
CCTV footage shows Hailey Morinico, 17, shoving the bear off her backyard wall after it tries to attack her family dogs (TikTok/bakedlikepie)

"I love bears so much however, if I saw a bear attacking my dogs and I had the opportunity to shove it off of a wall in order to get my dogs to safety I wouldn't waste a second of that time to do just that. These people saying "help the bear" are ridiculous lol," read a tweet. "Superwoman right here wow 'HELP THE BEAR'" another user tweeted. "'HELP THE BEAR'!? No. If you rewatch it, you'll see it grabbed one of the smaller dogs. That dog would have died if she didn't push it. A few dogs won't be able to take down an adult bear, especially one will cubs!" read another tweet.