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In her first interview since the scary attack earlier this month, 15-year-old Leah Reeder says she never saw the bear coming as she walked her dog in her central Florida neighborhood.

The massive bear knocked her to the ground. She says it wouldn’t let up as she screamed for help and tried to get away, so she played dead.

Then her dog sprang into action. Watch to find out what the 25-pound pup did to scare away the enormous animal.