A fierce grandmother used a watering can to fend off an angry bear as it attacked her five-year-old granddaughter.
Elena Kosach, 57, single-handedly took on the beast after it pounced on little Masha as she was playing in the family garden in eastern Russia’s Primorsky Krai.
Armed only with a watering can, Elena raced into a “one-on-one fight” with the predator, according to her stunned relatives.
She repeatedly lashed out at the powerful predator to save Masha from being “torn to pieces,” reports Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Finally, the brown bear freed the frightened boy from his paws.
Elena then yelled at the frightened animal as it fled into the forest in Yakovlevsky District.
The bear is now being chased by armed rangers to prevent another attack.
Quick-thinking grandmother Elena also rescued her daughter Yekaterina Podlozhnyuk, 32, Masha’s mother, who was standing nearby embracing her newborn baby.
Elena’s other daughter, Ksenia, said that as she fought the bear, she called out to Yekaterina to hide in the house with the little boy.
Both Masha and her grandmother are now in the hospital with claw cuts from the predator, a young bear standing about 5ft 8inches on its hind legs.
The girl suffered head and neck injuries and is in a hospital ward with her father Yegor, 38.
Elena had a deep wound on her arm after her fight with the beast.
Ksenia said her mother deserves a prize for bravery for saving her niece.
The 27-year-old said: “She works in an orphanage and is particularly sensitive to children.
“She is willing to give her life in case of danger to others.
“Of course, if it weren’t for my mother, people would have died.”
Ksenia has applied to the governor of the Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako for an award for her mother.
She added, “I hope it’s not just us that recognize her as a heroine.”
“My mother deserves an award for saving lives.
“We, her relatives, believe that she has accomplished a real feat.”
It is likely that the young bear was orphaned and that is why it was behaving so aggressively, according to local reports.
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