A scared bear forced to ride a skateboard in a Russian circus in the Vogograd region was beaten by his trainers when the animal became angry after being whipped to perform.
According to the video, the bear is pushed down a ramp on the skateboard, and when he reached the bottom, one handler jerked the bear’s chain that had been attached to his head ordering him to perform another trick. The bear appears scared and reels back as he tries to flee.
Moments later another handler began hitting the bear with a stick, while the person holding the chain tries to keep the bear in place. Seemingly to defend himself, the bear grabs the trainer who had been beating him with a stick and knocks her to the floor while a third person runs onto the stage and also joined in hitting the bear. When the panicky animal finally lets go, he cowers along the edge of the arena and rocks back and forth just as a defeated victim of abuse. None of the trainers seemed to have been hurt.
Frightened audience members were only a few feet away and began to scream. According to the Daily Mail, a local resident, Anastasia Mischerina, had been at the performance with her relatives and young child. The family sat in the front row, and when it was announced as a “bear-visionary” experience, the woman videoed the entire performance while standing near the exit.
“Even on video it is clear that the animal was nervous,” Anastasia stated. “Reluctantly slipping off the ramp, the animal wanted to leave, but he was pulled back. Perhaps he realized that another flogging was waiting for him, and he decided to attack first.”
Just one week ago, video footage of a bear blowing a vuvuzela (plastic horn) while being driven around in Moscow in a jeep after a Russia World Cup victory outraged fans, with many referring to the deed as both dangerous and inhumane. People crowded close to the bear to take “selfies” after Russia defeated Saudi Arabia by 5-0. The bear is believed to be a circus bear named Tima. The bear is also shown making a gesture to the crowd resembling the “quenelle” which is associated with antisemitism. The sight of the bear riding in the car evoked rage on Twitter.
(Photos of scared bear Volgograd Oblast Russia via YouTube and the Daily Mail)
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