A video captured the moment a mother shielded her son from a black bear in Mexico.
They were enjoying a birthday picnic when the bear appeared and began devouring their food.
The incident occurred in a park on the outskirts of Monterrey, northeast Mexico.
A video captured the moment a woman shielded her son from a black bear as it devoured the teenager's birthday picnic in a park in Mexico, The Associated Press reported.
The footage shows Silvia Macías steadfastly sitting and covering her son's eyes as the bear mounted the table and chomped down on tacos, enchiladas, french fries, and salsa just inches from them.
The incident occurred at a park on the outskirts of Monterrey, northeast of Mexico.
Macia who has been hailed for her bravery said, "I just think I'm a mother who protected her cub."
"The worst thing was that Santiago might get scared," Macías told The AP. "Santiago is very afraid of animals, a cat or a dog. Any animal scares him a lot."
"That's why I covered his eyes because I didn't want him to see it and scream or run. I was afraid that if he got scared or screamed or scared the bear, that the bear would react," she said about the incident.
Macías and her friend Angela Chapa, who filmed the encounter, had devised a plan for such an event, as spotting bears is not uncommon in the park, she said, per The AP.
"We are going to play a game where we cover Santiago's eyes, and we are going to act like statues," she said.
Her son Santiago, 15, who has Down syndrome, told the news agency that he was scared during the incident.
But Chapa knew that the best thing to do was to avoid running, and so the trio sat motionless with their eyes downcast as the bear helped itself to the feast.
Chapa eventually showed the bear the enchilada and threw it far away — and thankfully, the bear followed, allowing the family to slip away unharmed.
According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, "Black bears are not as dangerous as some people think" as "most of their diet is vegetation."
Although they "will seldom approach people," adult black bears can be up to five or 6 feet tall, weigh between 200 to 300 lbs, and can cause harm if provoked, the department adds.
In June, an Arizona man enjoying his morning coffee was mauled and killed in a black bear attack.
The attack, which appeared to be "predatory in nature," was "highly uncommon and unusual," authorities said.
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