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Florida woman fights to stop daughter's abduction and other tales of mama bear rescues

Moms are supposed to do their best to protect their kids, but sometimes it takes Mama Bear strength to fend off danger.

A mom and daughter were shopping in Hernando, Florida, when a man grabbed the teenager. Surveillance video posted by the Hernando Sheriff's Office on Facebook caught some of the bizarre scene, which shows the mom fighting him off.

WATCH: The contents of this video may be disturbing. Sheriff’s Office officials have released a portion of the surveillance video from inside the Dollar General in Hernando where an attempted abduction occurred today before noon. Craig Bonello, 30, of Hernando, was taken into custody and will be charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of child abuse. For that reason, the 13-year-old victim’s identity will not be released. Again, we are grateful for the courageous acts of both the child’s mother and off-duty Dep. Jonathan Behnen. Thankfully, the child was saved and no one suffered any injuries during the incident.

Posted by Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"Craig Bonello, 30, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and child abuse on Tuesday for trying to abduct the girl," who was not named because of her age, Buzzfeed reported. "Bonello, who was not listed as a sexual offender, has been arrested several times for trespassing, police said. He’s also been previously charged with misdemeanors and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer in 2009, police said."

The video shows a man shopping, then suddenly grabbing the teenager, identified as 13 years old, and dragging her across the store floor. Almost instantly, the mother grabs onto the girl and a brutal tug-of-war ensues before the man lets go and runs away.

The alleged assailant was arrested when he ran into an off-duty deputy, Jonathan Behnen, who blocked his escape. According to the arrest affidavit, Bonello and the teenager did not know each other.

Here are other memorable occasions when moms used sheer grit to rescue a child from danger:

• In January, another Florida mom went all-in to protect her kids. According to Inside Edition, "Two armed suspects ran up to the woman's car at the Tom Thumb service station in Hialeah, Florida, as she was filling up her car.

The woman, 21, had two young children in the backseat when one suspect clamored into the driver seat and the other knocked on the widow with a weapon, the report said.

She dragged one of the suspects out of the car and the other one fled.

"She’s able to drag him out of the car while the other one on the other side runs away like a coward," Sgt. Carl Zogby of the Hialeah Police Department told WPLG."

• A mother had to rescue her daughter from a shark attack in 2012 while they were surfing in — you guessed it — Florida. It was the second shark attack of the day at the New Smyrna Beach.

According to Fox News, the shark first chomped Sydney Levy's ankle, but she managed to get back on her board, according to her mom, Valeh Levy.

"The shark attacked once more and dragged the girl down again, but the mother said she grabbed her daughter around the shoulders and pulled her up. She said: 'It was to me like a scene out of ‘Jaws,’ where the girl’s getting sucked under, and I said, ‘There’s no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,’ and I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and I threw her on the nose of my board,'" the woman said.

• And lest one think that only Florida creates such tough moms, consider the woman who thwarted terrorists to save her daughter. The New York Post in 2014 recounted the tale of a Dutch mom who ignored advice from authorities and traveled to Syria, disguised in a burka, to rescue her daughter from ISIS after the young woman realized she'd made a mistake when she married a jihadist.

“Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,” writer Chris Perez quoted the woman, who was identified only as Monique. “This is what I think is right.”

Experts say life-and-death situations sometimes lead to "superhuman" or "hysterical" strength which can be levied to help rescue those in need.

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