Animal Planet: Story of bear attack in Cherokee N.F. to air tonight

Friday, December 4, 2009

Many of you will probably recall the story of the Ohio woman and her two small children that were attacked by a bear in the Cherokee National Forest back in 2006.

On April 13, 2006, Susan Cenkus and her children were hiking near the Chilhowee Campground near Benton Falls when a 200-pound black bear grabbed her 2-year-old son. The mother screamed for help and then launched herself at the animal - nearly losing her life in the process.

The bear tore at her neck, tossed her aside and then grabbed her 6-year-old daughter, Elora. The little girl didn't survive the attack.

Elora's death was only the second fatal attack by a black bear in Tennessee. The other was in 2000 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Now the world will have a chance to hear the full story of how Mrs. Cenkus risked her life to save her children during the attack on the Animal Planet show "I'm Alive", which will air tonight at 9 and 11 p.m., EST.

You can read more about the attack by clicking here.

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