Girl, 12, Survives Black Bear Attack

Abby Weherell describes being mauled by a black bear while jogging in Michigan.
1:50 | 08/19/13

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snork. Now to a david and goliath battle. A 12-year-old girl and a black bear, a standoff on a wooded path. She's speaking out about what she did that saved her. Here's abc's linzie janis. Reporter: Abbey was going for her evening jog when she spotted it, a black bear like this one. I was thinking, oh, my gosh, this is it. I'm not going to live. Reporter: The 12-year-old's survival instincts kicked in instantly. I started running the way i was coming from. All of a sudden the bear got me, put me down on the ground and started, like, scraping me and clawing me. Then I got away. Reporter: But the bear pounced again. That's when abbey had an idea. I was like, petting it. I don't know where that came from. But I just thought maybe if i petted it, it would like me. That did not work. Reporter: So she tried something else. I heard that you should play dead so that's what I did and then it kind of went away and looked back and then took off. Reporter: Rescuers told her she was lucky to be alive because playing dead is exactly what they tell people not to do. Bears actually eat dead animals so you don't want to play dead. If you see them make a lot of noise. Never try to outrun them. They're going to outrun you, outclimb you. Reporter: Abbey says she's not letting it get her down. This is a freak thing and it's over but I'm not going to go into the woods without anybody but I'm still going into the woods. I'm okay and I'll be all right. What a survivor's tale.

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