Sunday, October 25, 2009
International Update: Russian Bears
In Russia last week, a bear on ice skates fatally attacked 25 year old circus hand Dmitry Potapov and critically wounded another man trying to save him. I'm surprised this happened. You don't hear that much about bears in entertainment attacking their handlers except for the 50 or so other cases documented this year.
Why would a 700 lb. wild animal become upset if you trained it to play ice hockey or ride a motorcycle? My all time favorite bear attack is this incident caught on tape. These idiots in Poland brought their pet brown bear into a lit TV studio to do some tricks. The bear didn't care much for all the lights in the studio or the reporter's perfume and started mauling everything in sight. Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt in this incident.
In many cases, something as simple as a toothache can set them off. Trust me. If a bear decides he's having a bad day, you're having a bad day, too. Bears have a cute way of telling you that they are upset. They drag you around by your neck. This just in. Bears are wild animals that don't naturally associate with people. It might be a good idea to let them ride their own motorcycles in the woods.
Ice skating bear kills Russian circus hand - CNN.com*