Bear tears off woman's arm and eats it during Christmas party in Russian city
The victim had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and is set to spend a considerable amount of time recovering in the ICU.
An elderly woman is said to be in critical condition after a caged brown bear she tried to feed tore off her arm and then ate it during a Christmas party. The gruesome incident, saw a 53-year-old rushed to the hospital for emergency, life-saving surgery, with locals left shellshocked.
According to the Daily Mail, the attack unfolded at the Aidashki guest house in Achinsk, a city of a little over 100,000 people in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region of Russia. The bear was reportedly kept caged as a form of entertainment for visitors who came by the guest house and was said to be agitated because it could neither roam free or more importantly, hibernate.
The victim was an employee of the small hotel and had been drinking at the Christmas party when she apparently boasted to other guests about how she was fearless enough to feed the bear. When she attempted to justify her boast, everything went wrong.
Witnesses at the scene said the incensed bear grabbed her outstretched hand as she tried to feed it through the bars of its cramped cage, tore it off, and then devoured the severed limb for a "festive meal."
One local speculated that the animal attacked the woman as "revenge for being held captive," saying, "It ended in tragedy for the woman as the bear took its revenge on being held captive - and ate her arm for its festive meal."
The aftermath of the attack saw the 53-year-old suffer massive blood loss and being rushed to the hospital for treatment. She reportedly underwent surgery on the stump of her arm and is set to be in intensive care at the facility for the foreseeable future.
Local media reported that the guesthouse owner had kept the bear, which attacked the woman, along with another bear by defying an earlier police order to release the animals into the wild.
"We have often fed those bears ourselves," a regular guest said, a claim that's backed by a video which appears to show a man helping the animal drink through a bottle.
"We used a stick provided there to push the treat towards the cage," the guest continued. "Sometimes the bears open their mouths just like hippos and you can throw an apple right into it. They are very smart, stretching their paws waiting for treats."
The authorities are now investigating the attack, with state hunting inspector Vasily Vershkov allaying fears from locals that the animal would be shot dead and stating neither animal would be hurt.
"We will wait until spring and assist in the release of these bears," he said. "Nobody will kill them."