Heroine of The Year….Almost

“When the Himalayan peasant meets the he- bear in his pride,

He will shout to scare the monster who  will often turn aside,

But the she- bear thus accosted, rends the peasant tooth and nail,

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

Rudyard Kipling: The Female of the Species

A poem clearly not read by an American woman who saved her mangy dog from certain death by standing between it and a black bear  which was foraging in a garbage can when disturbed by said cur.    A  brave, or possibly foolhardy thing to do, especially as the bear had a cub with her.

Now if only she had saved a cat she really would be Heroine of the Year.


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