A man tries to click a selfie with injured bear then a man was killed by the bear in the Indian state of Odisha. He was a taxi driver, named Prabhu Bhatara.
The Hindustan Times reported the man had been returning home from a wedding when he stopped to relieve himself. The man found the wounded bear nearby the roadside and try to click a selfie with it.
The bear charged him as the man approached and fatally mauled him to death after a struggle.
According to forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra, “Bhatara died on the spot.” The incident was captured by some fellow passengers while other people threw rocks and sticks at the bear in an attempt to free Bhatara. A stray dog was also fighting against the bear while it was attacking Bhatara but could not save him.
Forest rangers were not able to help the man, as their closest post was 6 miles from the site of the attack. Mohapatra said, “The bear is being treated for its injuries.”
The Hindustan Times reports, “The driver’s fellow passengers who watched the entire act were busy in shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him.”
“A stray dog tried to fight with the bear but failed to save the man from the bear’s grip, forest officials said.”
Indian forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra told the local media, “Bhatara died on the spot.” Indian forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra added, “The bear is being treated for its injuries.”
In Odisha, the incident is reportedly the third death in the past year that caused due to the clicking a selfie with a dangerous wild animal. Spontaneously, two young men were separately trampled by elephants because they were trying to shoot photos with them in late 2017 reported.