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Angry bear chases lost Siberians up a tree - enabling them to get cell phone signal to call police

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 May 2018

Andrey Medvedev, 20, and Alexander Grunenko, 15, met the fearsome beast when they were collecting wild garlic in Kemerovo region.

A bear in spring in  Kuznetsk Alatau Nature Reserve, Kemerovo region. Picture: Kuznetsk Alatau Nature Reserve

Night was falling and they had lost the signal on their phones. 

'It got dark and I saw a silhouette - a bear. I screamed: ‘Run’,' admitted Medvedev. 

The predator chased them but the frightened pair managed to scramble high up a nearby tree.

From here, the phone worked and they called police who began a search.

Andrey talks to police

Andrey in the forest

Andrey Medvedev

Andrey Medvedev, 20. Pictures: Kemerovo region police, The Siberian Times

The bear stood guard below but eventually retreated. 

Later the two came down and built a fire, taking it in turns to stand guard and sleep.

A search party arrived next morning. 

Head of the local hunting department Pavel Stepanov said: 'They are lucky that the bear was not hungry. 

Alexander Grunenko

Alexander Grunenko, 15. Picture: The Siberian Times

'If he really wanted to eat the boys, he would have prowled silently to them. 

'He would have got them if he wanted. 

'You can escape in this way only from an adult bear - they do not climb trees. 

'But a young bear could easily have reached the top.'

GV of Berezovsky town and taiga in Berezovsky suburbs. Picture: The Siberian Times, Ildar Shangaraev

Berezovsky town

Taiga in Berezovsky suburbs

Comments (2)

Glad these boys got out ok! You guys have some beautiful country over there.
T-man, Colorado
25/06/2018 09:53
That ol' bear was just helping those boys out. He knew where to find a good cell signal. He got them up there, waited to make sure they called, and then he left. Just like Stepanov said, "He would have got them if he wanted."
Oleg, Novosibirsk
02/06/2018 15:03

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