Man mauled to death shooting selfie with a bear on way home from a wedding

May 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

May 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I thought the wave of stupid selfie deaths had ended, although it seems you’re still more likely to die from a selfie than a shark attack. The latest in the long line of no-longer-with-us selfie shooters is Prabhu Bhatara. The Independent report that after stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Bhataru spotted an injured bear in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India.

They say that fellow passengers suggested it might not be the best idea for him to take a photo with the animal. But it seems that he knew better and tried anyway. After getting close to the bear, it struck out, which was followed by a struggle between the two. They also report that a stray dog came to the man’s defence and bit the bear, while onlookers, umm… looked on, but it failed to deter the bear.

Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra is reported to have said that Mr Bhatara “died on the spot” and that “the bear is being treated for its injuries”.

Between March 2014 and September 2016, India had the highest rate of selfie-related deaths, according to a study last year. It claimed India had 60% of all deaths associated with selfies taking place there. Of 127 selfie-related deaths in that period, 76 happened in India.

A word of advice. It’s never a great idea to approach a bear at any time. It’s an even worse idea to approach an injured one that’s in pain. You’re not going to come out of it in better shape than you went in.

While not so common these days, bear selfies were something of a trend in 2014. To the point where the US Forest Service was forced to warn people to not get so close to them. “Visitor centre staff routinely encounter unsafe situations as guests ignore their instructions”, the service said.

Even captive animals aren’t always safe, as one man visiting Yeshanko Wildlife Zoo in China discovered when he was drowned by a walrus.

At least, this time, human stupidity and vanity didn’t cause the animal to die.

Be safe out there, folks. And be smart.

[via The Independent]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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20 responses to “Man mauled to death shooting selfie with a bear on way home from a wedding”

  1. Douglas Smith Avatar
    Douglas Smith

    The man died on the spot and the bear was being treated for its injuries. If this happened in the US, the bear would have been hunted, shot and killed for being a bear. Even though it’s the person’s fault for being stupid

  2. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    If the bear had been in South Africa it would have been shot. People are dumb, straight out dumb.

    1. rifki syahputra Avatar
      rifki syahputra

      but we’re also “people”, right?

  3. Stephen Masiello Avatar
    Stephen Masiello

    The words “selfie” and “bear” should not occur in the same thought if you’re a logically minded individual.

    1. Albu Emil Avatar
      Albu Emil

      Unless you’re Yogi Bear and taking a selfie while stealing picnic baskets ;)

  4. Adam Kopf Avatar
    Adam Kopf

    #darwinawards

  5. Claude Theoret Avatar
    Claude Theoret

    It’s a WILD ANIMAL !

  6. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    Horrible and stupid. Does not belong within the scope of this website. Are you really that desperate for stories?

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      It’s a photography related incident. This is a photography website. There was nothing click bait about the article because it presented what the title said it would present. If the title didn’t interest you, there was no need to read the rest of the article or watch the video. If you did, then blame yourself for reading/watching it, not John for sharing it.

  7. Jimmy Chin Avatar
    Jimmy Chin

    Some people really do not have common sense. Or maybe they are trying to be famous by doing dangerous stunt. Well, natural selection.

  8. Rob Julien Avatar
    Rob Julien

    Darwin…

  9. Scott Stevenson Avatar
    Scott Stevenson

    Anyone recall the expression regarding dangerous wounded animals?

  10. Andrew Lee Avatar
    Andrew Lee

    You bear the consequences of your silly actions. No sympathy to those who court death for selfies. What use to get a million likes or views if you don’t live to see it. Not being inhuman, but seen enough of death defying selfies stunts to become unsympathetic.

    1. Ariel Chalom Avatar
      Ariel Chalom

      you ”bear” the consequences….

      1. steve Avatar
        steve

        that comment made me paws for a second too…

        1. NoBill Avatar
          NoBill

          I thought it was kind of a Grizzly thing to say…

          1. Jeff Greene Avatar
            Jeff Greene

            As shown on the shaky video, it was total panda-monium.
            Definitely koalafies for the #darwinawards

  11. Mike Avatar
    Mike

    How long will it be before selficide tops suicide in the young persons statistics? Cleary a stupid attempt for a photo.

  12. rifki syahputra Avatar
    rifki syahputra

    thank god the bear is alright…

  13. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Glad the bear is ok, hope the stray dog is ok.
    I’m not surprised (nothing people do surprise me anymore) that the statistic of selfie deaths are so high.
    This is an example of Darwinism at its best. We should remove all safety labels on everything and let nature take it course.