Mexican Mother Defends Son’s Birthday Dinner from Uninvited Bear at Chipinque Park


In a moment of heart-stopping suspense, Silvia Macias, a brave Mexican mother, stood firm against an unexpected guest at her son’s birthday meal in the Chipinque Park, Monterrey. The uninvited intruder, a bear, had lunged its frame onto their picnic table, hungrily consuming the birthday boy’s dinner of tacos and enchiladas, mere inches from Santiago, the terrified celebrant with Down syndrome.

Had ventured to the park from Mexico City to commemorate the 15th birthday of her son, Santiago. Foreseeing the possibility of a bear sighting, well known in the park, Macias and her friend Angela Chapa had procured a contingency plan. They had agreed that in event Santiago would feel scared, his eyes were to be covered and those present would remain still like sculptures. Recall that Santiago exhibits an extreme fear of animals.

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As the scene unfolded, Santiago’s bewildered eyes mirrored his dread. Macias stepped in to protect her child, covering his eyes and averting her own, so as not to provoke the feeding bear. The tableau was captured on video by Angela, underscoring the courage and calm of a mother in the face a danger.

Despite the unnerving proximity of the bear, its growls resonating in their ears and its scent mingling with their own fear, Macias and company adhered to their plan. Santiago, following his mother’s lead, stayed unmoved, despite his fear. Angela, who lives in Monterrey, and knew that one must never run during a bear encounter, revealed an untouched enchilada to the bear, then deftly tossed it away from the nervously still mother and son, providing an opportunity for their safe retreat.

The bear vacated peacefully, lured away by the displaced enchilada, seemingly satiated with its staple preference – a true Mexican delight of french fries and salsa. Santiago, despite his initial terror, finally got to enjoy his birthday dinner, signaling a happy resolution to an unusual birthday.

Silvia Macias, humble in the face of praise, refuses the pedestal of heroism, echoing the sentiments of mothers everywhere, “I’m just a mother who protected her cub.”

In the wake of such excitement, Santiago’s birthday picnic has a story to rival any other day out. It has its elements of surprise, adrenaline, and suspense, much like what one might experience at our top online casinos; if you challenge yourself, you might just come out the other side victorious, not unlike Silvia Macias herself. Be sure to check out the entertainment we offer over on the West Island Blog, listing the top online casinos for this month. Whatever your game, a surprise could be just around the corner.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.