Cat rushes to the defense of cabin owner when a black bear shows up

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ken thomas

Finally, a good reason to own a cat.

Picture the scene: You’re minding your own business in a secluded house in the woods, when suddenly you spot a black bear standing just outside your door. There’s only a thin sheet of glass between you and several hundred pounds of fanged peril.

What do you do next? If you’re armed, that’s good news. You could probably go hide in a room with a heftier door. You could even take a risk and try to scare it away yourself. Alternatively, you could unleash your secret weapon: your cat.

How tough can black bears be if a common house cat can defeat one?

Photo via Ken Thomas/Wikimedia Commons (PD)

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.