A man in Nabarahgpur, India was mauled to death on Thursday trying to take a selfie with an injured bear. Prabhu Bhatara, had been returning to Papadahandi in an SUV with other friends after having attended a wedding and stopped to urinate near the cover of the forest.
According to SDENews, Bhatara spotted the wounded bear and decided to click a selfie with the animals. As he dangerously approached too close to the ailing bear, the animal reached out and fatally mauled him. Forest rangers stated Bhatara died instantly.
Forest rangers tranquilized the bear and were able to recover the man’s lifeless body. The passengers in the vehicle reportedly were too busy recording the tragedy securing footage instead of trying to rescue the man, but it is questionable what they would have been capable of doing to stave off the attack when the bear grabbed the man. A stray dog in the area tried to fight with the bear, possibly trying to help the man.
Bhatara’s death is the third fatality related to people trying to take a selfie with a wild animal. A man and a teenager were crushed by elephants taking photos in Odisha in December.
The bear is currently being treated for his injuries.
(Photos via video and SDENews screenshot)
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