Bear keeps man at lair for 1 month

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2019

The man, who said his name was Alexander, was discovered by hunting dogs in Russia's remote Tuva region, close to the border with Mongolia, the Daily Mail reported. The hunters checked inside the lair and saw what they believed was a human mummy - until they released he was alive.

The attack happened approximately a month ago, Alexander said. His grey skin was starting to rot away and his eyes looked tiresome and could hardly open. The man could barely speak or open his eyes and could move his arms slightly.

Brown bears are known to hide their prey and return to feast on it later. It is thought this is so they can react quickly to threats, unlike other species such as chipmunks which require time to warm up before they can move properly.

Alexander can only just open his eyes.

The bears will hunt and eat nearly anything - feeding on leaves, fruit, roots, fish and occasionally other land animals which they hunt themselves or find already dead.

A Russian man has been found alive in a "mummified state" after a month in a brown bear's cave.

Alexander managed to tell the medics that he had to drink his own urine so he could stay alive and was mainly anxious that the bear would return and eat him.

According to a local news agency, Alexander only remembers his first name and does not remember how old he is or what his surname is. A video recorded at the hospital, obtained by local media, showed him opening his eyes and telling his first name to the staff.

Alexander's survival was considered a miracle by doctors, he was in an emaciated state and his rotting flesh and severe injuries look like something out of a horror movie.

A local news agency said, "Local medics say they can not explain how the man survived such injuries".

The exact location where the man was found or where he was being treated was not revealed.

It's not yet confirmed how Alexander's recovery is going, but he is still receiving treatment in hospital.

A spokesman at the health ministry in Tuva Republic, a region in southern Siberia, told EAST2WEST NEWS today: "We can not confirm the case happened in Tuva".

"Most probably, it happened somewhere outside Tuva".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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