MEXICO CITY — A Mexican mom bravely protected her son after a bear jumped onto a picnic desk and devoured up tacos and enchiladas meant for the boy’s birthday dinner inches from his face.
Silvia Macías traveled from Mexico Metropolis to Chibenik Park within the northern suburbs of Monterrey to rejoice the fifteenth birthday of her son, Santiago, who has Down syndrome.
Shortly after they sat all the way down to eat the meals that they had introduced, the bear appeared and devoured the fries, enchiladas, tacos and salsa. A video taken by her buddy Angela Chapa reveals Macias sitting nonetheless inches from the bear’s mouth, holding Santiago and defending his eyes together with her hand. She stored her eyes lowered, avoiding something the bear may take into account a problem.
“The worst factor is that Santiago may get scared,” Macias recalled Tuesday in an interview with The Related Press. “Santiago may be very afraid of animals, a cat or a canine, any animal scares him very a lot.”
“That is why I coated his eyes, as a result of I did not need him to see it and scream or run away. “I used to be afraid that if he bought scared or screamed or scared the bear, the bear would react,” she mentioned of the incident on Monday.
Macias mentioned she and Chapa had beforehand thought-about the potential of assembly the bears — they aren’t unknown within the park, although the bears often come out at daybreak or nightfall, not noon — and got here up with a plan.
“We’ll play a recreation the place we cowl Santiago’s eyes and act like statues,” she recalled rehearsing the plan.
And that is precisely what they did: Santiago remained immobile, though “the bear was very near us, we heard him growling, and as he was consuming, you could possibly scent the bear. It was actually very shut.
Requested if he was afraid, Santiago, who teaches center faculty in Mexico Metropolis, replied, “Sure, quite a bit.”
Their resourceful buddy Chapa, who filmed the scene, lives in Monterey and is aware of the correct etiquette for confronting a black bear: by no means run away.
She observed a plate of enchiladas that the bear did not eat — the bear appeared to choose french fries and salsa — and threw the enchiladas away, after providing them to the animal. As anticipated, the animal adopted the meals and Angela stood in entrance of the bear, defending Macias and her son and permitting them to retreat quietly and slowly.
Finally, the bear went away.
Santiago swapped tacos for his birthday, and all ended effectively.
Macias says she would not take into account herself a hero.
“I believe I am a mom who protected her cub,” she mentioned.