Man mauled to death by bear while taking selfie with it

New York Post

A man was mauled to death by a wounded bear this week when he foolishly tried to take a photograph alongside the apex predator — the third wild animal-related selfie fatality in this region of India in less than a year, according to reports.

The victim, identified by local media as Prabhu Bhatara, was driving a group of people home from a wedding in an SUV when he stopped to relieve himself in a forest area in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on Wednesday evening, the Hindustan Times reported

Bhatara then spotted an injured bear and for some reason, decided to take a selfie with the creature, according to the report. When the man approached, the bear’s fight instinct immediately kicked in.

“Bhatara died on the spot,” forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra told the news outlet.

Horrific video of the incident filmed by a bystander shows the bear attacking Bhatara, as terrified witnesses scream.

A stray dog even attempted to go after the bear by barking at it, but Bhatara could not be saved.

Bhatara’s death is Odisha’s third selfie-related fatality since December. A 50-year-old man was crushed to death by a wild elephant while trying to take a selfie with the animal in December, according to local media. Also that month, a youth was crushed to death while taking a selfie, also with an elephant, reports said.

16 thoughts on “Man mauled to death by bear while taking selfie with it

  1. You can’t fix stupid. This should have been titled: “Moron dies from self-inflicted stupidity.”

  2. He obviously learned about bears from reading Winnie the Pooh stories.

    Someone that stupid wasn’t going to live very long anyway. Let’s just hope he didn’t leave too many stupid kids behind him.

  3. I live in the Canadian Rockies – Grizzly bear country – and have seen some REALLY stupid tourists do some of this stuff. Like men trying to hand feed wild bears apples or ham sandwiches. One time I was driving between Lake Louise and Jasper, I come around a corner in the mountain road and there are like 10 or 12 cars parked on the sides. A bunch of tourists had pulled over to look at some bears, and there was this woman walking right up to them to get “selfies” with the bears. I just kept driving cause I did not want to watch her get mauled to death. People think they are dealing with Yogi and Boo Boo, when they should be thinking Jaws with 4 legs and fur.

    1. “Lake Louise” My dad took us there on vacation in the 70s. Wow so beautiful. You are so fortunate to live there. One question Jim, “are you adopting fat middle aged men? ”

      1. No need for adoption – Just cross the border and say you are a “refugee” and “looking for a better life” – You will do fine. Also dress warm – It can get cold up here.

  4. Shitcago fans “Da Bears” Go bears go. I agree with everything above but the truth is many times the animals pay the press and get killed because of stupid people. If you love wild animals love them from a distance so they can be wild animals. Watch Youtube theres 1000’s of videos and you won’t piss off a bigass killing machine. You going into their space is as welcome as much as a no knock search warrant in the middle of the night. Leave natures children alone.

    1. Don’t attack the bear he’s the smart one, just take pictures of uncle Hajji and the bear and notice how effortlessly he gets his ass kick.

  5. I can’t “bear”…reading the comments. ..

    Bada Ching…

    Hey …I guess this bear eats its own pooh.

    Bada ching….

    Let me guess…Barhraa haa haa was a computer programmer…

    Does a bear sht in the woods…?

    Drum roll pleeeeez….

    Only after eating a dumbazz.

    Bada ching….

    White people should feel a little safer…

    Because evidently these bears…like dark meat…


    Tastes like Curry Indian Chicken…


    Ok I’ll stop.

    I can’t bear another bad joke.

  6. “Bhatara died on the spot,” forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra told the news outlet.”

    Wow… hands down the Darwin Award of the Month winner, and the month has only started.

    Gonna be tough to top this one, though, I think he’s got it.

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