This is the incredible moment a mama bear fought her 500-pound rival to death before taking a fatal 100-foot fall to protect her cub.
The heart-pounding footage shows the two bears fighting on the edge of a mountain cliff before pouncing on the rocks below.
The caring mother miraculously survived as she can be seen standing upright shortly after the fall.
The clip was filmed in Castile and Leon, Spain and shared by park rangers who found the injured bear and her cub.
The dramatic video shows the male approaching the female, who is standing protectively in front of her young.
The two begin to fight and eventually fall to the ground from a great height.
The male, estimated to weigh around 478 pounds, rolls all the way down and remains motionless while the female gets up and hobbles away from the scene.
After searching for her for two days, park rangers found the bear’s 49-foot-deep burrow, the Environmental Service said on its website on Wednesday.
Using special camera probes and telescopic hooks, they then left fruit and water for them in the cave, sources said.
It is not uncommon for male bears to attack females carrying cubs during mating season.
According to Fundacion Oso Pardo, a bear conservation group, there are about 400 bears in the Spanish mountains, most of them in the north, and about 70 of them live in the Pyrenees on the border with France.
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