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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)

Tellement ridicule. There are a handful of really unintelligent comments coming from what it appears to be Americans referencing their annoying political grievances... Then following through with dumb, and super corny jokes that do not deliver. Completely irrelevant to this story; which I am trying to decipher it's legitmacy... If true, this man has suffered. You can survive no more than a month without food. Bears do in fact hoard wild game dead or alive. And btw considering the inflated US murder rate anyone on this thread can be a victim of their own near death experience which would not be humourous. Some people are ignorant, desensitized, and super simple minded. Here a suggestion from this millennial: Grow up.
Ebony Angel, Canada
27/06/2019 21:11
Anyone remember Timothy Treadwell at the Mcneal river bear sanctuary in Kamishak bay Alaska back in the 90's?
Blaine Byerly, Livingston, Texas
27/06/2019 21:05
The new revenant
Abdelhadi, El jadida/ Maroc
27/06/2019 20:45
Very interesting story, would have enjoyed reading any insightful comments, but the stupid joking and dumb political stuff ruined any chance of that, get a life, people.
Zachary Jackson, Surprise, AZ, USA
27/06/2019 20:37
Barak Obama, MAGA Country
27/06/2019 20:35
The bear turned out to be Michelle Obama.
HeywoodJablowme, USA
27/06/2019 20:26
these bears around here! sheesh! and i remember when i left the house... there it was right on the kitchen counter! my BEAR SPRAY!!! I left it at home! DUMB ASS!
steve, chernoble
27/06/2019 20:24
I think all of your are wrong and are missing the big picture. This was a pilot food and health care program by the DNC. The man survived by drinking his own urine so now the DNC and all of the presidential candidates are going to make this kind of program mandatory for all Americans. Prepare to starve to the point where you have to drink your own urine because the water supply will come from Flint Michigan where the democrats poisoned the people. Joy and good time are coming....thanks to the Democrats. You can see the joy on this man's face!
Daf62757, Indianapolis, IN USA
27/06/2019 20:20
Only YOU can prevent frozen food !
Pandy, USA
27/06/2019 20:01
Is real this story????
Pablo Costella , Viña del Mar, Chile
27/06/2019 19:58
what really happened is MICHAEL MOORE visited siberia and after missing the buffet at his hotel he tried eating this guy , but then the bear showed up so michael stopped eating this guy ....and ate the bear
chris, sa texas
27/06/2019 19:43
If it is NOT true it would still make for a great screenplay. Leonardo DiCaprio could play the victim. Oh wait....he's been there, and done that!
ragu4u, Rock Hill, Missouri USA
27/06/2019 19:28
He was the bear's wifebtch, the bear fed him regurgitated carrion, then mounted him , breaking his back.
Kru Satyr, Austin, TX
27/06/2019 19:12
Liberalism is a sickness
Donald, Trump
27/06/2019 18:45
No way. You do not live for that long without water. Urine can be recycled a few times but that is it. I think he's more likely some drunken vagrant that was found - maybe got bounced off of a car fender and crawled into the woods.
ArrDee, Orlando, FL / USA
27/06/2019 18:14

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