“Vietnam War veteran Larry Yepez, 66, says he has his Marine Corp training and his 10-pound pet Yorkshire terrier name Benji to thank for surviving a vicious bear attack that left him covered in stitches.” Floridanewstime
Excerpt: Vietnam vet Larry Yepez fought off a bear with help from Yorkie named Benji – Floridanewstime
“The bear mauling took place outside Mr Yepez’s home in rural Midpines, California, not far from Yosemite National Park, at around 4am last Thursday.
The decorated war veteran said he got up to use the restroom located outside when he heard a noise coming from his front porch and went around to check.
As he rounded the corner, Yepez said he came upon a 200-pound black bear rummaging through his garbage in search of food not 10 feet away. The bear apparently got spooked by the homeowner and charged at him.
Yepez grabbed the first thing he could get his hands on – a plastic flower pot – and hurled it at the bear, hoping to scare it off, but the animal was already on top of him, clawing at his chest and abdomen, and mauling his hand.
The hardened combat veteran, who was awarded a Purple Heart during the war after he was shot two times and wounded by shrapnel punched the bear in the head with his right hand and tried to hit it with his left, but the woodland beast clamped down its jaws on his limb.
Describing himself in that moment like a little rag doll pinned beneath the bulk of the bear’s body, Yepez said he looked into the animal’s eyes just inches away from his face and realized it was going to kill him unless he acts fast.
As Yepez was making futile attempts to kick the bear away, help came suddenly from an unexpected source: his 10-pound Yorkshire terrier, who was able to distract the hulking animal by barking and nipping at its fur.
Residents in the Yosemite Park area are and being urged to be on the lookout for the bear. As of Tuesday afternoon, it has not been located.”
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