A hero grandmother fought off a rampaging wild bear with a watering can as it attacked her granddaughter – Reuters

CAUTION, GRAPHIC IMAGES: Armed only with her watering can, Russian teacher Elena Kosach got into a “one-on-one fight with the predator” when she saw him grabbing her granddaughter Masha in their garden

Masha, 5, with her father Yegor Podlozhnyuk, 38, in hospital

A heroic grandmother fought off an enraged wild bear with a watering can as it attacked her five-year-old granddaughter.

Elena Kosach, 57, a teacher, single-handedly tackled the beast that pounced on little Masha while she was playing in the allotment garden in the Primorsky region of eastern Russia.

Armed only with her watering can, she got into a “one-on-one fight with the predator” when she saw him grabbing her granddaughter, relatives of the couple said.

She forced the brown bear to release the girl who was clutched in her paws.

Elena repeatedly hit the predator with her watering can, saving Masha from being “ripped to pieces” by the angry bear, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.







Five-year-old Masha was rushed to hospital where she was treated for her injuries
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Elena shows her injured arm
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She cried out to the frightened beast that fled into the forest in the Yakovlevsky district and is now being hunted by armed forest guards to prevent a repeated attack on humans.

The quick-witted grandmother also rescued her daughter Yekaterina Podlozhnyuk, 32, Masha’s mother, who was standing nearby, holding her newborn baby in her arms.

Elena’s other daughter, Ksenia, 27, said while she was fighting the bear, her mother yelled at Yekaterina to hide in the house with the little boy.







Masha’s heroic grandmother Elena Kosach, 57, from Yakovlevka
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Masha and her grandmother are now in hospital with claw nicks from the predator, a young bear who was about 5ft 8in tall on its hind legs.

The girl suffered head and neck injuries and is with her father Yegor, 38, in a hospital ward.

Elena suffered a deep wound in her arm after her battle with the beast.







The bear fled into the forest in the Yakovlevsky district and is now being hunted by armed rangers (file image)
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“She works in an orphanage and is particularly sensitive to children,” Ksenia said.

“She is ready to give her life in case of danger to others.

“Of course, without my mother, people would have died.”







Masha suffered head and neck injuries as a result of the incident
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She asked the governor of the Primorsky region, Oleg Kozhemyako, to get a bravery award for her mother.

“I hope it’s not just us who recognize her as a heroine.”

She said: “My mum deserves an award for saving people’s lives.

“We, her loved ones, think she has accomplished a real feat.”

It’s likely the young bear was orphaned, and that’s why he behaved so aggressively, the newspaper said.

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