Yevgeny Starkov, 42, was camping with a group of friends in the Yergaki Nature Park in the Siberia region of Russia when, at 6 am, as they were dismantling their tents, they were attacked by a bear. According to the British tabloid The Sun, everyone managed to escape the hungry animal except Starkov, who was torn apart and bitten by the rabid bear.
“I was collecting my backpack, turned my head to the left, and on the other side, between two rocks, I saw a bear appear. He had a big head with a drooling mouth. I yelled ‘bear!’ The animal roared and ran towards us”, says Anton Shelkunov, a friend of the victim, quoted by The Sun.
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He and friends Yevgeny Dobrorodny and Pavel Zhemchugov managed to escape unharmed, but terrified, from the scene of the incident. But Yevgeny Starkov, a tourist from Moscow, the Russian capital, was quickly captured and attacked to death by the animal.
While the three campers were running to save themselves, according to the tabloid, the bear turned his attention to them and began chasing them, at high speed, using all four legs. As Anton Shelkunov, quoted by The Sun, the group only managed to survive because they climbed a rock about 50 m high.
Cornered, they could only watch the terrifying scene: the bear was eating the body of his friend who had remained in the camp. “Then the bear got distracted and started looking at us. We climbed even higher. We stayed there for about 15 minutes while we looked at what was going on and decided what to do,” reveals Shelkunov.
They then decided to walk for seven hours in search of help. According to The Sun, Igor Gryazin, director of the Siberian park, confirmed that one of the group’s members was fatally attacked by the bear while camping.
A helicopter was used to search the area for Yevgeny Starkov’s remains, the British tabloid claims, but heavy rain prevented authorities from reaching the scene of the attack. The paper points out that the bear may have been attracted to the campers’ food.
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