Horrific video shows drunk man breaking into bear enclosure at zoo and trying to fight and drown the animal
The man is now facing prosecution for the attack on the bear named Sabina who was rescued from a circus
A drunk man reportedly tried to drown an elderly bear after breaking into the animal’s enclosure in a zoo as horrified families watched. The exact date of the incident is not known but reports have claimed that the 23-year-old accused was caught on phone camera trying to fight and drown the animal at a Warsaw zoo in Poland after Covid-19 lockdown was lifted. The man is now facing prosecution for the attack on the bear named Sabina, who was rescued from a circus.
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The video has shown the man who appears not to be in a sober state standing in the enclosure as the curious bear moves towards him. However, when the unidentified man suddenly notices Sabina, he panics and jumps into the moat separating the enclosure from the public area. As the seemingly oblivious man flounders around in the water and swims to the other end of the moat, the bear walks around above before lumbering into the water.
The man then starts wrestling with Sabina. He is also seen trying to force the bear’s head underwater while horrified visitors watch on. Later, the man is seen being saved by firefighters who take him out of the water. He was then sent to a hospital with minor injuries before being taken to the police.
Zoo spokesman Ann Karczewska said that the man was lucky as he came out unharmed from the enclosure and also that only Sabina was inside it. Karczewska stated that Sabina “although in good shape for her age, is not such an efficient bear” and the man “would have much less chance of surviving this event without serious injury” if other bears had been there.
“Sabina, an old bear who was attacked by an adult man, physically came out of this event unscathed, but she is very stressed. She used to belong to a circus and is accustomed to the presence of people, but she absolutely did not expect a human attack. After the event, she sat in the water growling nervously until her carers came to look after her,” Karczewska added.
The zoo has also released a statement after the incident and said it “will take all legal steps related to this event to bring the perpetrator to justice” because “the animal was exposed to danger and her psychological comfort was disturbed”.
However, reports claimed that it was not the first time Sabina was attacked by a human. In 2015, a 32-year-old man climbed into the enclosure and punched her in the head after the bear tried to bite him in an effort to protect herself. The man was hospitalized with hand injuries. He was fined $207 at the time.
In a similar incident in March, a man fell into the enclosure of a tigress in a zoo in the Indian state of Jharkhand when he tried to take a selfie with the animal. The man identified as Wasim Ansari died within minutes after being attacked by the tigress named Anushka.
“Initially, he took a few snaps of the animal. Then he tried to take a selfie with the tigress and, in the process, allowed the branch of the tree to tilt down a bit more. The branch gave away and he fell right into the enclosure where Anushka was taking a stroll. The tigress attacked him on his neck, face, and chest. Before anyone could react, Wasim died, bleeding profusely,” an eyewitness said.