One mother-daughter couple from Alvin, Texas are both lucky to be alive.
And it's all thanks to momma Chelsi Camp's heroic maternal instincts.
The incident happened at the end of March when Chelsi and her daughter Mackenzi Plass were dog sitting a friend's pit bull. The dog had always been friendly, and yet on this day it ATTACKED Chelsi's daughter.
Here's what the mom said:
"The dog came up and he was just curious. When he smelled her, that's when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her."
As the dog mauled her daughter, the mother instinctively thrust her fists into the dog's mouth, bit its ear clean off, all while instructing her daughter to lie on her stomach so she wouldn't choke on any blood, AND managing to call 9-1-1.
Here's what the mother said of the terrifying ordeal:
"I only know to fight so how else do you get somebody to stop. I mean I would do the same thing with a human being."
When police showed up on the scene, the dog was still trying to attack the mother and the daughter. An officer shot the canine, and it was later euthanized.
As for Chelsi's daughter, she suffered severe head and facial injuries, but is slowly yet surely recovering.
The mother said:
"I can actually hold her again. I couldn't hold her for the first week that was the hardest part. She's a strong little girl and a fighter. She's meant to be here."
The incident shook up the whole community, and the League City Police Department wrote on their site:
"Rarely do we get to know what happens after the emergency response is over. And there are some calls that haunt us for the rest of our careers."
We're just glad this mother and daughter are OK.
Both could have easily died, and probably would've if it wasn't for this brave momma's amazing instincts to survive.
P.S. Small animals, like hamsters and guinea pigs, make great family pets! If you're interested in adopting one for yourself or a family, just remember they deserve the same care you'd give a cat or dog. When children learn how to properly handle the fragile animals, everyone is happier for it!