This statue was created by French sculptor
Philippe Kaeppelin (1918 - 2011) and stands in
Auvers, Haute-Loire, in France.
The statue is made of bronze and was erected in 1995.
It depicts the famous battle between
La Bête du Gevaudan and Marie-Jeanne Valet that took place on August 11th 1765. During the fight, Valet defended herself and her sister by stabbing the fearsome beast in the chest with a spear. While the strike did not kill the creature, it was an incredible act of bravery and Valet was able to save herself and her sister. The two girls escaped alive. Legend has it that
La Bête stood on her hind legs, placing a paw over the wound and rolled into the river nearby - vanishing until her next kill.