Leah Reeder was out for a walk with her dog, Ralph, on Sunday when she was suddenly attacked by a black bear in Eastpoint, Florida.
“I was down on the ground, and ended up on my face,” she told ABC News. “The bear was on my back biting me.”
The 15-year-old didn’t know what to do – so she played dead. The bear backed off and that’s when Ralph came to her rescue, barking at the much larger animal until it left his precious owner alone.
“I thought it was going to come back but it didn’t,” she told the Apalachicola Times.
She picked herself up and walked home, thankfully just a block away.
“She was conscious and pouring blood. She was very frightened,” Reeder’s mother Sheri Mann told the Times. “She was crying hysterically.”
But undergoing surgery, Reeder is expected to make a full recovery with very little scarring, which is nothing short of a miracle considering the damage the bear did to her.
“It bit her face open, and beside her ear on her scalp,” said Mann. “It was very, very bad.”
Reeder was home just in time for Christmas dinner.
“I’m fine,” she told the Times. “My family’s been here a lot for me.”