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    Default Shooting drama as bear mauls man who jumped into enclosure

    A man hangs in the jaws of a bear, seemingly about to endure a most horrendous death by being ripped apart by massive jaws and razor-sharp claws.
    But in the end it was the bear who ended up fighting for his life - shot with a police bullet in order to save the man's life.
    These dramatic photographs were taken by a visitor to the Berne Bear Park, Switzerland, at the weekend when European brown bear Finn, aged four, suddenly realised he had an uninvited human guest - said yesterday to be mentally handicapped - in his enclosure.


    The unidentified man is said to be doing well after the brutal bear attack



    The man perched for ten minutes on a 20ft wall above Finn's pit before he jumped in.

    That allowed worried park officials time to call police.
    They arrived, armed with 9mm 'fragmentation' ammunition which splinters on impact, just seconds before the man jumped down into the danger zone.
    The bear quickly grabbed him.
    Finn picked up the intruder as if he were a rag doll, carting him to the other side of his enclosure, which opened last month.


    Finn can be seen almost playing with his victim before he is finally taken down by a police marksman


    And as his massive jaws and teeth - capable of crushing steel - sank into his prey, police had to act fast. They were left with no option but to open fire, they said.
    Finn was hit with a single bullet to the chest.
    Police, ambulancemen and zoo-keepers rushed in.
    The man, who has not been named, was quickly taken away on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

    He was treated in hospital for severe head and leg injuries, and his condition yesterday was said to be comfortable.


    Finn is photographed wandering off after leaving his prey seriously injured




    Paramedics move into the enclosure to rescue the injured man


    Finn, lying tranquillised under medical observation in his enclosure in Bern

    Finn meanwhile was treated at the bear park by vets who decided not to operate to remove the bullet splinters, treating him with antibiotics, to which he was said to be responding well.
    Bears are special for the people of Berne, being the city's symbol since the Middle Ages.
    Briton Sam Brookes, who was visiting the park with his girlfriend when the attack happened, said: 'I looked in after I heard people screaming.
    'The bear was standing over him and throwing him back and forth.
    'Some yelled, "Get stones" to throw at the bear. I think most people had an awful shock. I can still see it when I close my eyes.'
    Police and zoo officials say there has been an outpouring of public sympathy - for the bear.
    Bouquets of flowers and pots of honey have been placed outside his enclosure.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229998/The-horrifying-moment-bear-mauls-man-climbed-zoo-enclosure.html#ixzz0XvaUY3Q4

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    Horrible. Poor bear is confused.
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    the bear nearly didn't survive this. the man is ok though. he told his bag fell into the enclosure that's why he jumped in.
    I have to admit I am really sorry for the bear. It is still not clear if he will really survive the next weeks because it's so hard to tell if the bear is really ok.

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    Horrible. They had to shoot the bear, of course. But I feel sorry for the bear - it was just doing what comes naturally. I hope it survives.


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    awww poor bear. what was a retarded man doing wandering around on his own anyway?
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    The animal always pays.

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    the horrible part was the fact that they used a special kind of munition that splits in hundred pieces once it hits something. Something like a bone. So that bear has all that little pieces of metal in his body and it's not possible to get this removed. Not sure why.

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    I feel bad for the bear. I hate it when animals have to get harmed/killed purely because a human has been stupid and put themselves in unnecessary danger.

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    They could have tranquilized the bear, but what, is that too easy for them? They're all mentally defective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimera View Post
    They could have tranquilized the bear, but what, is that too easy for them? They're all mentally defective.
    No-the bear is OK now. People left him pots of honey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    awww poor bear. what was a retarded man doing wandering around on his own anyway?
    Maybe it wasn't half-price carer day, I don't know. It's not the most sensible place for a lone retarded guy to wander about in.
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    Like many people asked why was the bear shot with that?

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    Tranquilizers could have been used, but they don't work immediately and could have caused the bear to become more aggressive with the man.


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    Poor bear. People's stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

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    Dumb zoos


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