A MAN allegedly found alive in a bear’s den a month after the beast attacked him and dragged him to its lair survived by drinking his own urine, according to reports in Russia.
Named only as Alexander, the victim is said to have been severely injured and close to death when hunting dogs supposedly found him in Russia’s remote Tuva region.
Medics say its a miracle Alexander survived after being found close to death inside the bear’s den[/caption]
He was dragged a brown bear’s lair and kept for a future meal (stock picture)[/caption]
The emaciated man was reportedly rushed to hospital where medics discovered he’d broken his spine after being set upon by the brown bear.
He is said to have told doctors that the predator had overpowered him – then tossed him in its den where it kept him for a month.
CLOSE TO DEATH
According to the Siberian Times, Alexander explained: “The bear preserved me as food for later. I drank my own urine to survive.”
A group of Russian hunters found Alexander after their dogs barked and refused to move on from a bear’s den they passed in the forest, it’s reported.
When the hunters checked inside the lair they apparently saw what they believed to be a “human mummy” – until they realised he was alive.
The bear preserved me as food for later. I drank my own urine to survive
A video purportedly shot in hospital shows the bearded man opening his eyes and confirming his first name.
He was described as having “severe injuries and rotting tissue” from lying motionless for so long in the den.
“Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries,” the report claimed.
The exact location where he was supposedly found has not been revealed, nor the name of the hospital where he was treated.
The video shows him being spoken to by medical staff in Russian rather than the local Tuvan language.
Dr Louise Gentle, senior lecturer in wildlife conservation at Nottingham Trent University, told Sun Online that a bear attacking, and dragging, a human into its den is a “vary rare thing to happen”.
The expert, also a researcher in animal behaviour, explained: “It’s amazing how this man survived.
“It’s very rare for a bear to go near a human – bears are actually more wary of us and therefore avoid us.
“Yet in this case it seems the bear seized an opportunity and stored the man as food to eat at a later date. It is possible that the man somehow antagonised the animal – maybe the bear had cubs nearby and was protecting them.
“It’s a weird scenario.”
Brown bears and hunting prey
Aside from mating and caring for their offspring, brown bears lead relatively solitary lives, spending most of their time hunting for food.
Also known as grizzly bears, they are omnivores, eating a mixture of plants, berries, fish and mammals.
By December, the brown bear will enter its den – and stay there for the next six months or so, living off its fat reserves.
During the hibernation period, bears do not usually eat or drink, though some bears have been observed leaving their winter dens and feeding on killed animals.
Their dens generally consist of any spot that provides cover from the elements, such as a cave, crevice, cavernous tree roots, or hollow logs.
When the ravenous predator emerges from hibernation, it will primarily seek animal carcasses – and they will aggressively defend their food sources.
Eurasian brown bears have been known to partially or completely bury animals they kill – and sometimes don’t return to the prey for days or weeks.
Throries suggest they do this to keep their prey hidden from other scavengers while the meat decomposes, which makes it easier for them to devour.
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Tuva is located in south Siberia, about 2,300 miles east of Moscow, and borders Mongolia.
It has a sparsely populated wilderness and contains Lake Baikal – the deepest and oldest in the world.
Tuva is one of Vladimir Putin’s favourite hunting and fishing destinations, with the Russian leader previously being photographed reeling in the big fish.
The current temperature in Tuva is around 15C, but during winter the mercury dips to an average of -32C.
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Alexander was emaciated and told how he drank his own urine while held captive in the beast’s den in Russia[/caption]
Alexander was severely wounded[/caption]
The brown bear dragged him into its lair[/caption]
Hunting dogs found him in Russia’s remote Tuva region, pictured[/caption]