Black bear pounced on Stas Nagornov as he returned home from the shop in the centre of Amgu village.
His friend Nikita Nikonov said: 'He caught up with Stas first. The bear threw him to the ground, began to trample him, bite him. He grabbed his head, then shoulder and back. I watched - and ran at the bear. I didn't think about myself or what would happen. I just wanted to save my friend.'
Stas, 8, said: 'Nikita ran and saved me. He hit the bear's head with a stone.' This made the bear turn his attention to Nikita, gnawing and clawing him instead.
At this moment a little dachshund called Tosya arrived on the scene and barked furiously at the bear. Now the beast left Nikita and chased the darting dog into the forest.
Tosya diverted the bear well away from the village, before losing the wild animal and returning safely home.Apparently the wiener dog didn't know he wasn't a Great Dane and neither did the bear. If I ever get into hunting bears behind dogs, I'll have to consider getting a Dachshund.
Dogs are some of the best people.