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While out on an 18-mile training run in Maine earlier this week, Moninda Marube, a professional runner from Kenya, spotted two black bears emerging from the nature trail he was walking down. Before he knew it, the two bears charged towards him.


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The terrifying moment, which happened around 5 a.m. and when the bears are known to rouse themselves for a drink at a nearby lake, shook Marube to his core.

He thought about jumping into the lake or climbing a tree. Unfortunately, Marube can’t swin, and he realized bears can also climb trees.

“The only solution I had at that time was to be able to run,” he told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

Just ahead was a house, so the runner charged there, the bears right on his tail — about 10 yards behind him, he said.

Marube barely made it inside, swung the screen door shut, and waited 10 minutes before emerging. The bears ran away; Marube ran the other direction.

Oddly, this is not the first time the runner has had a scary encounter with wildlife. Years ago in Kenya, he became separated from a group on a run and found himself face-to-face with a leopard.

But Wednesday’s incident was something different entirely.

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“I don’t fear lion,” he said. “I don’t fear anything else. But a bear is scary.”

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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