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Boy, 8, saved from bear attack by his hero friend, 12, and a daredevil dachshund 

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12 November 2015


 'Nikita ran and saved me. He hit the bear's head with a stone.' Picture: Channel 1

His friend Nikita Nikonov said: 'He caught up with Stas first. The bear threw him to the ground, began to trample him, bite him. He grabbed his head, then shoulder and back. I watched - and ran at the bear. I didn't think about myself or what would happen. I just wanted to save my friend.'

Stas, 8, said: 'Nikita ran and saved me. He hit the bear's head with a stone.' This made the bear turn his attention to Nikita, gnawing and clawing him instead. 

Nikita and Stas

Dashund Tosya

Nikita Nikonov

Stas, 8, saved from bear attack by his hero friend Nikita, 12, and a daredevil dachshund Tosya. Pictures: Channel 1, Maria Nikonova

At this moment a little dachshund called Tosya arrived on the scene and barked furiously at the bear. Now the beast left Nikita and chased the darting dog into the forest. 

Tosya diverted the bear well away from the village, before losing the wild animal and returning safely home.

Stas suffered  scratches, bites and bruises, and was severely frightened by the attack. Nikita had more serious injuries - deep cuts on his hand, and bites on his legs. 

Nikita and Maria Nikonov

Nikita and Maria Nikonov

Nikita with his mom Maria Nikonova. Pictures: Channel 1, Marina Nikonova

Both boys are being treated in the village hospital. Nikita's mother Maria Nikonova says: 'It was a shock. I couldn't believe that bears can attack children in the middle of the village. It was terrible to look at all these lacerations, his torn clothes all covered in blood.'

It was discovered that earlier the bear had rampaged into the yard of villager Anatoly Ardashov, forcing him and his wife to hide in their house. Hunters traced the young bear and shot and killed the predator. Both Nikita and dog Tosya won praise for their actions.



It was discovered that earlier the bear had rampaged into the yard of the resident of Amgu Anatoly Ardashov. Pictures: Channel 1, The Siberian Times

Igor Solodun, the surgeon treating the boys, said: 'Nikita's was an incredible deed, to throw a stone at the predator, looking straight at the beast, all to save his friend. This is a man's deed. Very brave.' But Nikita's mother called Tosya 'the real saviour'.

Comments (8)

Kiss you Nikita double
Krzysztof Ryglewicz , Michałkowo
27/05/2021 14:19
A true friend.
JR, usa
13/11/2015 21:30
shows SIZE does for once not count....
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
13/11/2015 10:12
What brave kids! Bless your hearts!
Angela, America
13/11/2015 08:52
the Kids and their Dogs are tough in Siberia Just how we like them In Australia
Zoran, Sydney/Australia
13/11/2015 06:19
Good job! So brave of them.
James, usa
13/11/2015 06:05
hooray for Nikita and hooray for Tosya!!! What a brave boy to want to save his friend and do whatever it took, and what an amazing little dog. I love love love Doxies. They have the heart and bravery of a giants. Im so glad this all turned out fine :)
whitney, USA
13/11/2015 02:28
Way to go Nikita!
Vicki, USA
13/11/2015 00:00

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