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Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
25 September 2019

Animal activist and former animal trainer reportedly lost her leg.

Vera Blishch has spent years of her life working with brown bears. In 2015 flood she was one of the zoo workers who stayed neck high in water, doing everything to rescue caged animals as water was rising inside cages. Picture: VL.ru

An experienced keeper and passionate animal activist Vera Blishch was attacked earlier this morning as she instructed a new member of the Ussuriysk municipal Zoo. 

She reportedly was hit by one of the bear’s paws as she stood close to a cage. 

The woman was rushed to hospital with an open fracture and a scalping injury. 

Another version is that the keeper had to have her leg amputated as a result of the attack. 

Park workers have reportedly confirmed to UssurMedia that the woman lost her leg to the knee. 

Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia


Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia


Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia
An experienced keeper and passionate animal activist Vera Blishch was attacked earlier this morning as she instructed a new member of the Ussuriysk municipal Zoo. Pictures: VL.ru


‘The attack happened 9.30 in the morning. A zoo keeper was instructing a new member of staff and went too close to a cage. A bear struck with its paw, causing an open fracture and a scalping injury’, said chief doctor of Ussuriyak emergency ambulance Alexander Fedyaikin. 

Vera Blishch has spent years of her life working with brown bears. 

In 2015 flood she was one of the zoo workers who stayed neck high in water, doing everything to rescue caged animals as water was rising inside cages. 

There were no visitors at the zoo which works daily from 10 till 18.30.

Vera Blishch pictured back in 2015 as she leads zoo animals rescue operation. Picture: Vesti Rossiya TV

Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia


Brown bear attacked a zoo keeper in the Far East of Russia

Comments (4)

That appears to be the feeding cage, not the bear's living area. And ,we don't know the circumstances of the bear being at this facility. So quick to judge what we really don't know.
Chad Hammond, United States
28/09/2019 09:55
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Wild animals belong in the wild,not in cages with animal activists trying to kiss them.
bobo, Sweden
27/09/2019 00:52
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to have suffered such an injury, it must have been unbearable
Frank Farkel, USA city of Angels
26/09/2019 09:47
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Cage is too small ..-.(
Jocelyne, FRANCE
25/09/2019 17:45
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