12-year-old in good spirits after bear attack

Abby Wetherell recalls the harrowing moments when she was attacked by a bear near her Haring Township home.

Abby Wetherell underwent surgery after a bear attacked her and is now recovering at home.

Although she's slow to get around, she says the love and support from family and friends are getting her through this difficult time.

â??I'm going to die. This is it. I'm not going to see my family ever again. I'm not going to see my soccer team or any of my friends. I'm a goner,â?? said Abby, talking about the attack.

Abby recalls the harrowing moments when she was attacked by a bear on a two track road near her Haring Township home.

â??So I was just running home and I was actually thinking what if a bear came out of nowhere? I would probably just tell them who is boss; beat it up or something, trying to act all cool. Then I saw the bear. I was like â??oh my gosh.â?? I'm not going to act cool. I'm not going to act cool. So I turned around and started sprinting the other way and it got me. It took me down with its paw.â??

Abby said she got away from the bear and started running when it brought her down again.

â??It stopped right in front of my face. I was petting it and I just thought maybe if I pet it it will like me or something. Please don't hurt me. Please don't hurt me again and that was not the case.â??

It was a neighbor that rushed over to the Wetherell house to tell Abby's mom and dad what was happening to their daughter.

â??My heart was beating out of my chest. I didn't know what to do,â?? said Elizabeth Wetherell, Abby's Mother. â??I wanted to take it all away. I didn't know how to hold her. I didn't know where she was hurt. I didn't want to hurt her but I wanted to just hold her as close as I could to me.â??

Abby's mom, dad and sister are very proud of her strong will.

â??Abby is a strong girl. She's brave. Everyone said if this was going to happen to anybody, not that it should've happened to anybody, for it to be Abby. She's going to be the one that will make it through this.â??

â??I just won't go out in the woods alone again but I think that it's not going to change anything. I'm still going to go hunting. I'm still going to ride my four wheeler. I'm still going to play soccer. It's not going to change anything,â?? said Abby.