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Man lives after bear breaks his spine and keeps him as food inside den

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 June 2019

Alexander described as a ‘speaking mummy’ found by hunting dogs close to death after a month. UPDATED!

Man lives after bear breaks his spine and keeps him as food inside den. File image of a brown bear by Mikhail Korostelev 


The emaciated man from Russia’s remote Republic of Tuva was preserved as ‘tin-can’ food to eat later by a brown bear, say local reports in the region.

A group of local hunters found Alexander after their dogs refused to leave the area of the den. 

Their persistent barking pushed the hunters to check inside the lair, where they found a barely-alive man. He was rushed to the local hospital and has been diagnosed with a broken spine and severe emaciation. 

Alexander remembers his first name but not his age, and was reportedly in the den for around one month, drinking urine to survive. 

He is now in the intenstive care with multiple injuries and rotting skin. 

He can move his arms, local hospital doctors said. 

Man lives after bear breaks his spine and keeps him as food inside den
Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries. Picture: EADily

A video shows Alexander opening his blue eyes and confirming his first name.

It is as yet unclear if he was a hunter, too, and how his encounter with the bear happened. 

He managed to explain that he was attacked and dragged inside the den when he broke his spine.

The attack happened approximately a month ago, Alexander said. 

‘The bear preserved me as food for later’, he explained.

A video filmed inside the local hospital shows that the man turned into a ‘speaking mummy’ with his tissues rotting after laying motionless for so long. 

Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries.


The story on the bear man was reported by major Russian newspaper Izvestia and news agency EADaily.

But a spokesman at the health ministry in Tyva Republic said: 'We cannot confirm the case happened in Tuva.

'It was not registered by the Ministry of Health, the Emergencies Ministry or any other official body (in the region).

'Most probably, it happened somewhere outside Tuva.'

Speech on the background in the video appears not to be local language Tuvan.

Comments (178)

This is how I look/feel after partaking in an Ironman. But seriously, back in Nov '16, I was cornered by an angry band of liberals after one of them saw me watching Hannity on my cell. My MAGA hat was torched and I was shoved into a broom closet... my only sustenance: urinal cakes and PineSol... and you don't wanna know how bad my urine tasted! Later that day, a janitor named Bear found me and was kind enough to drop me off at the nearest voting booth and the rest is history. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
Vlad the Impaled, Transylvester
27/06/2019 07:36
The bear must have watched a documentary on Japanese cannibalism of US prisoners in Guam during WWII.
robert, Rapid City South Dakota
27/06/2019 07:22
Nyet, could not be Tiva bear, must be some other disloyal bear -- over there somewhere. Ask blind man, he saw it too..
Fakeasstory, Kansas City, USA
27/06/2019 07:19
I call BS on this story
MeJP, Los Angeles USA
27/06/2019 07:17
bet his name means lucky
ricky bobby, usa
27/06/2019 07:17
This is fake news! A bear attack is viscous and intended to kill the prey. Then the bear drags the prey back to the den by biting hard enough to get a grip on a grown man and carrying him back to the den. Somehow he survives the injuries and doesn’t succumb to infection and lives with the bear in its den for 30 days by drinking urine? What did they talk about at night? Are we to believe that the bear just wasn’t hungry when it attacked and for an entire month never considered eating such a large kill? Who among us wouldn’t have eaten him after a week without food? For everyone commenting about how awful it must have been, yes, whatever he went through must have been awful but he didn’t spend a month living in a bears den.
Charles Welch, Columbia South Carolina
27/06/2019 07:02
Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you...
Richard, Lexington, Kentucky USA
27/06/2019 06:57
how does someone with a broken spine drink their urine ……..fake
bob, usa
27/06/2019 06:40
Was he drinking the bear’s urine to survive?
Matthew, Big Bear City/ USA
27/06/2019 06:35
The bear was found to have colluded with Trump and the Republicans.
Crapper, USA
27/06/2019 06:17
There was no bear. He threatened to leak info on Hillary. Lucky he didn't get fully arkancided.
Johnn Galt, Galt's Gulch, USA
27/06/2019 06:12
When I saw the picture, I initially thought the story was about RBG, with an accompanying "proof of life" photo from post-Dec 2018...
Mike, USA
27/06/2019 06:10
This is an amazing story. Wow. If it is true, which it might very well be, it is one for the record books. I am praying for the man and I hope he pulls through. What a story he will tell. God bless him.
Chet Dembeck, Baltimore, Maryland
27/06/2019 06:06
27/06/2019 06:06
Without a small catch-basin he'd have to be the man from Nantucket in order to drink his own pee.
D. Bunker, Portland, USA
27/06/2019 06:04

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