A 23-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after he climbed into a bear enclosure at a zoo in Poland and wrestled with a bear trying to drown the animal.
According to the Independent, witnesses videoed the man who was apparently drunk, wandering around the zoo’s artificial island while a large retired circus bear named Sabrina moved towards him. When the man spotted the bear, he panicked and jumped into the water surrounding the exhibit and tried to swim away. The bear went after the man and jumped into the river after him. Moments later, the man and the bear wrestled as the man jumped on the bear’s back and held the animal tightly by her ears.
Finally the man was able to escape and climbed to the top of the island.
“She used to belong to a circus and is accustomed to the presence of people, but she absolutely did not expect a human attack. Sabrina, an old bear who was attacked by an adult man, physically came out of this event unscathed, but she is very stressed,” the spokesperson for the zoo.
The intruder was extremely fortunate to have not encountered one of the younger bears, the zoo explained. Firefighters arrived and rescued the man – he was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, disturbing the peace and for not wearing a mask under Poland’s Covid-19 regulations. He was sentenced to 20 hours per month of community service and fined. He also has to give up alcohol consumption.
Feel better soon Sabrina. Humans can be so stupid.
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