A man in California went to send a text message, and ended up face to face with a brown bear — and it was all captured on video.
Vaz Terdandenyan told KTLA-TV that he was walking through his driveway in La Crescenta, Calif., on Tuesday when he spotted the 400-pound animal and quickly ran.
"I got up this morning from helicopter noise and I was trying to see what was going on," Terdandenyan told the TV station. "I was texting my boss that I would be late for work because something is going on, and I'm coming down the stairs and I see the bear coming up the stairs toward me."
Luckily, the bear did not display any signs of aggression toward Terdandenyan. The close encounter was captured by a KTLA helicopter.
The bear had been previously spotted wandering around the neighborhood.
“I turned back and I ran for my life,” Terandenyan told the station. “I guess running for a marathon came in handy because I was in shape to run away!”
The bear, meanwhile, lumbered into a neighboring yard and was nabbed by officials a short time later.
It reportedly took three tranquilizer darts before the bear fell asleep and was loaded into a “culvert trap,” Department of Fish and Game officials told KTLA.
He was later released deep in the Angeles National Forest, which borders La Crescenta in Los Angeles County.