Survivor Speaks: Young Girl Attacked by Bear Shares Story

12-year-old girl attacked near home talks about narrow escape from bear mauling.
1:54 | 08/18/13

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Now to the spike in bear attacks we told you about last night here. This is the time of year when they start preparing for hibernation, looking for food. And tonight here, the 12-year-old girl attacked in michigan, describing the horror for the first time. Here's abc's linzie janis again tonight. Reporter:12-year-old abby wetherell has been home from the hospital for just a few hours and she's bravely talking about the moment she was attacked by a bear, as she was jogging home from her grandparents' house. I take off running from the direction I came from and it just -- it got me and it tackled me down and it clawed me and stuff. And then it kind of walked away a little bit. And then, so, I got up and started running again. And then it came back and got me and then I was -- I just thought, I should play dead. And so, I heard that you should do that. And then, so, I was just laying there and then it went away. Reporter: And what was going through her mind? Did she think she'd survive? No, I didn't. I was like, oh, my gosh. I'm going to -- this is it. I'm going to die. When it came back the second time, it kind of stopped, so, i kind of petted it and -- that did not work. So, then it just mauled me, i think worse. Reporter: Abby suffered deep gashes and puncture wounds to her thighs and back. Also tonight, an alaskan hunter is similarly lucky to be alive after a bear attack. It happened in the alaskan brooks range, within the arctic circle. Nearly 300 miles from civilization. So remote, the rescue helicopter needed to be refueled midair. Rescuers with night vision goggles finally reached the victim 36 hours after the attack. And abigail wetherell as she plans to get back to jogging, soccer and hunting as soon as she possibly can. A very brave girl, david. We're glad she's okay.

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