Professional Kenyan runner outruns two black bears; wins second birthday

A professional runner from Kenya has described how he escaped two black bears in Maine by outpacing them.

Moninda Marube was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home when he encountered the two charging bears. When he saw the bears early on Wednesday, he said his instincts kicked in and he did what he does best: run.

The bears were about 20 meters away from him and a vacant house was the same distance in the opposite direction. So he made a run for the house near Auburn Lake, with the bears closing to within 10 meters by the time he found safety on the house’s screened porch.

Moninda Marube points to the house on Whitman Spring Trail in Auburn, Maine
(Pictured: Moninda Marube points to the house on Whitman Spring Trail in Auburn, Maine. Credit: AP)

The bears stopped, not realising they could’ve easily crashed through the flimsy porch screens, Marube said. They sniffed around for a while before wandering away.

Wardens advise people who encounter black bears to make themselves appear big, make noise and back away slowly. But they recommend people stand their ground if a black bear charges and say if the bear attacks, then fight back.

A black bear is seen at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine
(Pictured: A black bear is seen at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine. Credit: AP)

But Marube said that’s easier said than done.

He said he knew that black bears can climb trees, so he couldn’t climb to safety. He said he considered jumping in a nearby lake, but he can’t swim. He said he initially engaged in a stare-down with the bears but the bears charged the moment he turned his back on them.

Source: The Telegraph

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