The beast stalks the child during a family picnic in Italy.
A heart-pounding video of a young boy narrowly escaping a bear has gone viral.
12-year-old Alessandro was on a family picnic in the Brenta Dolomites, northern Italy, when he went foraging and found himself in a close encounter with a massive brown bear, according to reports.
"Alessandro walked a few metres ahead of us in order to collect stuff and at one point we saw him coming out from the woods and being followed by the bear," his uncle Frederico told local newspaper La Stampa.
The pre-teen reportedly studied how to react when a bear approaches during his time in pandemic lockdown and asked the family to film the encounter.
"Animals and forests are his passion," his uncle told La Stampa.
Alessandro explained to the outlet what he had learned in his studies, saying "It was important to leave quickly but without making the bear feel it was in danger. I did not look it in the eye and the bear understood I was not its enemy."