Mother faces down tiger to save her toddler

Aug. 31, 2010 at 8:51 AM ET

After a 500-pound Bengal tiger escaped its enclosure at Jungle Island zoo in Miami, mother Diana Barratt turned a corner to find her two-year-old daughter, Dianita, face to face with the hulking jungle cat. Employing a heroic reserve of nerve, Barratt calmly picked up her child and fled to safety. Mercifully, no one was injured. Obviously, it’s not every day that one finds their child in worrying proximity to a giant, man-eating predator, but have you ever found yourself in a situation like this? Parents, what actions have you had to take to save your children? Do you think you’d have been able to be as calm as Diana Barratt in a similar situation? Watch the video and share your stories in the comments section below.