California Grandmother Saves Baby During Close Encounter With Bear

Playing Grandma Grabs Baby as She Flees Bear

A doorbell camera captured the moment a grandma frantically scooped up her granddaughter as a bear approached a California home.

"Oh, my God!" Missy Hawes is heard yelling in the footage. "The bear!" 

Hawes was on the porch in Altadena with her 16-month-old granddaughter, Blake Massie, when something caught the tot's eye.

“I thought, 'What is she staring at?'" Hawes told Inside Edition. “…I turned my head a little bit and looked and thought, 'Oh my gosh, what is that?’ and then I really turned and was like, 'Oh my gosh — it's a bear!'"

Hawes immediately swooped up Blake from the front porch as the brown bear dashed across their lawn.

The grandma let out a small yell as she opened the front door while clutching Blake.

"This was just way too close for comfort," she said.

Hawes said the bear was less than 10 feet away from the two and was walking toward them.

She added that the bear is a regular guest in the neighborhood, but even so, grandma said only stuffed teddy bears are allowed near her granddaughter.  

“This is the only little bear that we can have now, right Blake?” she said.

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