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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 (180)

Trump - blah-blah-blah... Jesus - blah-blah-blah... CNN/Fox News/TASS/BBC - blah-blah-blah... Come on folx, religion is myth, the news is lies, and politics are bullshit; all of it meant only to distract us puny non-people from what's really going on. ANYWAY -

The bear story is interesting. It's strikes me that the bear would have eaten him long before the month was up. Was the bear somehow killed immediately after breaking the man's spine? was there some other reason the bear didn't or couldn't return to the den to finish his meal? did the man mortally wound the bear before it broke his spine, and then succumb to the injury afterwards?
Josef, janesville, wi, USA
13/12/2021 09:02
You haters are all discusting humans (too great of a word to describe you) to post what makes you sound like spineless, ball-less, heartless animals. In fact the bear is smarter than you. I just know you would not have enough balls to ever survive what this poor, strong, hopeful & blessed man has survived no matter what he has been through.
It's people like you who the bear should have eaten! We certainly don't need your kind on this earth.
beana, mexico
27/10/2020 06:18
wow, what a story. I can tell from the comments, our country is down with a sickness, worse than the bear victim.
neil vos, Georgia, USA
07/12/2019 10:32
It is not the bears fault . He was prob hunter . Wildlife is wildlife, Alexander is still alive ? Leave the bear alone Putin !
Nor Bagg, Nj
16/09/2019 09:54
Yes this story is fake bears eat alot and often bury food but they dont bring food inside a den definitly not a man tht is still alive tht would be considered a threat bears are fat and for good reason ...there is no way anyone would live a month without water or live with broken neck for a month it's fake ...
Must be somebody, Springfield Mo America
16/08/2019 23:56
My immediate thought is “fake news”. And photoshopped. The guy is there for a month and doesn’t grow whiskers on his cheeks?
As for Americans being skeptics, “Yes, we are.” And Trump is very rough but he is right: much of the world’s news is biased or made up, to get ratings. (Ratings = Money)

Bears aren’t squirrels...they don’t store food. That’s why they get real fat before hibernating.
CDH3, Houston, Texas
27/07/2019 09:19
I feel bad for this guy. Aslo the media which is part of the military industrial complex in the USA has manipulated many in America. Oligarchs who control the banks and own our media has made us believe lies like WMD in Iraq, allowed mossad in isreal to destroy our towers so we could justify our false war on terror. We created al-quaida/ ISIS. Our intelligence and other agencies black male politicians with children. They also are setting up a control grid to track everyone and give you a social credit score so you stay a good slave. Oh and cern is opening the bottomless pit. Rant over. Hoooaaahhh!!!
Dallas Furnish, United States
20/07/2019 03:15
If a bear is going to kill you,it will happen when they attack unless you are lucky enough to survive it. I don't think bears save food for later.
Melanie Johnson, United States
06/07/2019 06:57
Que increíble que sobreviviera tanto tiempo.
Oscar, Colombia
04/07/2019 05:14
More Russian fake news.
Bubba Gump, Liars, Kazakhastan
01/07/2019 14:20
Its a fake news
Jaroslav Zeman, Česko
30/06/2019 18:17
Doesn't seem to be much food value in urine.
Carole Hayden, Corona Ca. USA
29/06/2019 20:32
Hooray for the dogs !
Beth, USA
29/06/2019 04:53
why cant the Americans keep politics out of it? everything and anything they can find, even when a flea stings an elephant is related to their politics and Trump.a funny nation indeed.
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
28/06/2019 18:31
This is what John McCain looks like right now
Frank Farkel, Big Bear Lake, CA
28/06/2019 11:40

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