The man stopped to relieve himself on the side of the road when he noticed the bear, and decided to take a selfie with it.
A man in India was mauled to death by a bear, after attempting to take a selfie with it.
Prabhu Bhatara, a taxi driver from India, was headed home from a local wedding when he pulled over to relieve himself on the side of the road. While doing so, he spotted an injured sloth bear near a pond not too far from him.
Apparently confident that the bear looked harmless, he began to sneak forward for a selfie with the animal. Despite protests from his fellow passengers, he walked right up to the bear, who appeared to be drinking from a small pond. Unfortunately for Bhatara, the bear was not as injured as it looked, and attacked him when he got too close.
In a video, taken by a bystander, the bear can be seen crouching behind Bhatara, who holds his arm out ready for a selfie. When Bhatara missteps, slipping in the muddy banks of the pond, the bear launches itself at him.
A crowd quickly forms several feet behind Bhatara, as the bear repeatedly scratches, drags, and bites the man. One villager appears to throw a rock or a clump of dirt at the bear, but for the most part, no one intervenes. At one point a stray dog joined the scuffle, biting the sloth bear on its back and neck, though it was not enough to get the bear off of Bhatara. After several minutes, the bear left Bhatara and stalks away.
The horrified onlookers called the police, who arrived with animal control officers to search for the bear. Before long, they recovered the animal, nursing its own wounds not far from the scene of the accident. It was tranquilized and captured by authorities.
According to Forest Ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra, Prabhu Bhatara was pronounced dead at the scene, while the bear is being treated for its injuries.