“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.