fends off bear attack
According to this news story, an unnamed woman saw a black bear attack her dog. Trying to separate the animals, the bear bit her on the leg. And what happened next is the stuff of legends:
The woman reached for the nearest object at hand on the porch's railing — a large zucchini that she had harvested from her garden.
The woman flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it and forcing it to flee.