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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)

Obviously fake. The only *actual* reporting done on this led to a deadend, as the coda here points out.
Joe Dwayne, USA
27/06/2019 09:57
Was it a python bear? Or maybe a bear python? A toothless bear? Or did the hunter confuse the bear with the wolf and the old man with Grandma?
Fernando, Brazil
27/06/2019 09:41
Looks like Rasputin after they tried to kill him!
Jabbers, Canada
27/06/2019 09:30
another reason not to enter into a war with Russia.
ian, lexington, usa
27/06/2019 09:10
Can he remember if this is the 2nd or 3rd worst thing that ever happened to him? (The worst thing being born in Russia of course. Which one was drunk, the man or the bear? This is a trick question, this is Russia, they are both drunk.
Sven, Lake bryerton
27/06/2019 08:44
Maybe the bear though he found a mate. In a situation like this, giving the animal the "cold shoulder" can prove deadly. Of course the bear would eat the shoulder and everything else. Talk about a frozen dinner.
Neil, USA
27/06/2019 08:44
É impressionante a capacidade humana... Se ele conseguir sobreviver, vai ter uma grande história pra contar, digna de filme.
Marcos, Brazil
27/06/2019 08:32
Mother Nature at her finest.
Randy, US
27/06/2019 08:25
Pretty certain the dems and the media will Blame Trump..
Michelle, Henderson NV
27/06/2019 08:24
It's another story from Russia. Don't beleve it.
steve atkinson, Cheraw SC
27/06/2019 08:22
"I have reported this to my local PETA chapter." Good lord, what an idiot. What's PETA gonna do? Hilarious.
cdrgfx, texas
27/06/2019 08:14
Perhaps he didn't need a container for his urine, it depends on how he was positioned, might have been able to arc it into his mouth, also, a bears den will be made from mostly snow, he could've drunk that. This is a story I'm curious about, I really hope he survives.
Li, United Kingdom
27/06/2019 07:56
Wow, fake news debunked by RT. Lol. https://www.rt.com/news/462763-russia-man-bear-fake/
maga man, clown world
27/06/2019 07:50
Saved by the dogs, our true friend for the ages.
John, Lancaster, pa
27/06/2019 07:47
Clearly Trump's fault.
Brian, Baltimore, MD USA
27/06/2019 07:42

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