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Pet dog scares off bear to save Japanese boy from attack

Published on Jun 24, 2014 5:09 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A placid pet dog was being hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from a mauling by a wild bear in northern Japan, police and media said on Tuesday.

The dog, a six-year-old shiba inu, took on the metre-high bear after it attacked the young boy during a riverside walk with his great-grandfather.

The dog barked "unusually loud" and chased off the animal on Saturday evening in Odate, some 550 kilometres north of Tokyo, a local police spokesman said.

"The boy suffered slight bruises and was taken to hospital but he was released on the same day," the spokesman said.

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