This is the moment a small dachshund bravely stood up for her owner when a massive moose charged at them.
Tyler Henderson and his pet dog Reecey had a lucky escape after the huge mammal ran at them outside their home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
A home camera caught the terrifying moment the moose charged at Mr Henderson, who was oblivious to the danger he was in as he headed towards his letter box.
Tyler Henderson was left in the path of a charging moose when he went outside his house in Fairbanks, Alaska, on February 24
Oblivious to the approaching animal, Mr Henderson was only warned when his dog Reecey barked and ran towards the moose
However, Reecey did see the animal, which had been resting on a bank of snow across the road, and immediately leapt into action.
She charged to meet the gigantic creature and actually jumped up to try and bite it, although the size difference was so much that she couldn’t reach and flew directly through its legs.
Meanwhile, Mr Henderson darted away to escape and called for Reecey to come with him.
The pair made a hasty retreat indoors, while the moose slowly walked away down the road.
Posting the footage on Facebook on February 24, Mr Henderson praised his dog, saying: ‘Shout out to Reecey my weiner dog! Best guard dog ever!’
He said that ‘she wasn’t even touched’ despite running directly into the path of the humungous creature.
He added: ‘Went to check the mail and I did not realize a moose was staring me down from across the street.
‘It began to charge me and my dog Reecey barked and let me know we were in danger!
‘She lunged at the moose then circled back and we both high-tailed it inside!’
The size difference between the two animals was so great that the moose ran directly over Reecey without touching her, leaving her on the other side
Fortunately she was able to make it back around without incident, with Mr Henderson calling her back into the house to escape the moose, which later wandered off
People on social media were similarly effusive, describing her as ‘small but mighty’.
Shawn Murphy said: ‘That little dog saved your bacon. What a little wolf.’
Autumn Musgove said; ‘Lol, Tyler, Reecey was going for the throat! Pic of her reward please!’
Jeff Cooper added: ‘Yikes! You can tell that moose means business! Look at the ears, hackles and entire posture. What a brave little pup!’
Reecey received plenty of praise online for her brave actions, with many saying she deserved a treat for saving her owner
Moose are towering animals that can reach seven feet in high at the shoulder, with the largest weighing up to 1,300 pounds.
While they tend to stick to rural areas, sometimes they are driven into contact with humans.
In the wild they are able to defend themselves against packs of wolves and grizzly bears.
In January wildlife officials warned residents in Fairbanks to be wary of moose after weather conditions made them more aggressive than usual.
Tony Hollis, a wildlife bioligist for the Department of Fish and Gam, warned that large amounts of snowfall meant it would make it more likely for them to come into contact with humans.
Experts in the Fairbanks area warned that aggressive moose could come into contact with humans after heavy snowfall (file photo)
‘This deep snow has caused moose to not want to be out in the snow,’ he said.
‘They want to be out on the sidewalks, or hard packed trails or groomed trails where traveling is easier for them.
‘They don’t want to have to travel into the deep snow, and so if forced to, they get aggressive … to just stay on the hard ground.’
People are advised that if they see a moose they should stay inside and wait for it to leave the area instead of getting close to it, as that may provoke it.