After recounting her unbelievable story to every news outlet that contacted her, Altha became a local heroine. She gave out interviews while sitting on the very porch where the incident had happened weeks earlier. Young reporters hearing the story directly from Altha were beyond shocked.
They struggled to believe how a 90-year-old woman had the bravery and courage to fight a mother bear with her cubs right beside her. They filmed her scratches and were in awe of her courage; they admired her and found endless inspiration in her story. Eventually, local town folk came by her house to admire her courage and strength.
As Altha carefully inspected her body to see how severe the damage was, she noticed some deep wounds from scratches on her face and arms that would definitely need stitches. Still in a state of fear, Altha quickly ran to the neighbors’ house and told them what had happened; they didn’t waste a minute in taking her straight to the hospital.
Once the doctor called her in, Altha told him the whole story of what had happened. The doctor gave her a full body examination and ordered blood tests just to be sure he covered all the bases. Luckily, all the tests came out great, and the doctor was genuinely shocked at the story and how Altha, a 90-year-old woman, managed to fight off a mother bear that was being so aggressive.
She Was on the News
It’s not every day that a 90-year-old woman fights a huge bear with a lawn chair and lives to tell the tale. Right after hearing the crazy story from Altha Williams’ mouth, the doctors at the hospital called the local news station. A story as incredible as this had to be told to the public, and so, in a matter of days, Altha’s story of bravery had spread through the entire county.
The news made it across state lines, and so several news outlets started calling Altha to hear the story from the source. ABC News and WATE 6 On Your Side called Ms. Williams to ask if they could pay her a visit in person and interview her further.
The Story Goes Viral
As with any good news story, it doesn’t take long for it to reach every corner of the internet, and this is exactly what happened with Altha’s story. In a few weeks, the news had gone viral and been shared millions of times across social media platforms. Viewers from across the world started to comment on the news article to send Altha a quick recovery from her wounds and admire her incredible attitude and bravery.
One comment praised this 90-year-old woman for defending herself and fending off the bear. Another commenter suggested that Altha should immediately be appointed as Director of Homeland Security since she has walked the walk while talking the talk.
A Learning Opportunity
Apart from the local neighbors, townspeople, and viewers across the country, many wildlife scientists and experts were also very impressed with Altha’s story. They publicly spoke to the bravery and calm demeanor that it must have taken for Altha to react in the way that she did. When interviewed on the news, one expert said that it was a quick-thinking approach to the situation.
Furthermore, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency spokesperson Matt Cameron said that the way she responded was exactly what they tell people to do. He further emphasized that whenever a bear lunges at a person face to face and is ready to attack, the only way to react is to get big, yell at them, and make noise to intimidate them.