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Woman survives after being buried alive by bear in ferocious attack

By The Siberian Times reporter
13 May 2015

Rescuers save Natalya Pasternak, 55, who is now fighting for her life.

Rescuers including a wildlife protection specialist rushed to the scene and the bear started to attack the group. Picture: Vostokmedia

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The mother-of-two, a post office worker, was attacked by the bear when she was collecting birch sap in forests near Tynda, in Amur region. Her dog started to bark, sensing the danger. 

The wild animal then attacked the dog and her, as her unnamed friend escaped to alert the emergency services. The bear evidently thought the woman was dead and sought to bury her and hide its prey, apparently saving its next meal.

Rescuers including a wildlife protection specialist rushed to the scene and the bear started to attack the group. They shot the bear, a four year old female. 

Then they noticed the woman's hand jutting out from under a pile of leaves. They cleared the foliage and found Natalya alive and conscious, though seriously injured.

Bear attack in Tynda


Bear attack in Tynda


Bear attack in Tynda

Dramatic pictures showed the woman - covered in blood and with claw injuries visible on her arm - the moment she was rescued, and the dead bear. Picture: Tatyana Nikolayeva, Teleport2001, Vostokmedia

'Have you killed the bear?' she asked. 

She suffered severe injuries to her head and thigh, and is in deep shock. The bear clawed at her hair and skin, said one report. She was rushed to Tynda hospital where doctors said she is in a 'severe' condition. 

Dramatic pictures showed the woman - covered in blood and with claw injuries visible on her arm - the moment she was rescued, and the dead bear. Her two adult children are at the hospital, said local reports. 

Comments (25)

Why on earth would you be concerned that they killed the bear?! IT TRIED TO KILL A WOMAN!! If it did it once, it will be in its blood to do it again. I hope she gets better soon!
Gabrial Heath, New Zealand
15/05/2015 07:00
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It's a kill or be killed situation. No time to waste a life was at stake. I'm glad both these ladies survived and are not part of the food chain. Harrowing ordeal but something to tell the grandkids. The people that saved her are heroes, they put their lives at risk. This ordeal has made all these people stronger.
Barbara , NZ
15/05/2015 06:27
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She must be made of strong stuff, I don't think I could bear it.
neilos, new zealand
15/05/2015 06:07
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I wish Natalya all the best and hope she recovers soon without any lasting injuries. What happened to her dog?
Eva H., Sweden
15/05/2015 00:39
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I am happy tha the woman was saved ,But,Was it really needed to kill the bear for it instead of bring it under narcose and save the woman? People who live in an area like that should know about the hazzards that can occur there.. Why did this bear attack humans? protect younglings? Did this bear have not enough foodsources left? I wonder
Roland, Uden The Netherlands
14/05/2015 23:44
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I feel very sorry for the lady. Maybe the bears are to numberius and need to be culd.
Jon, Bren
14/05/2015 23:22
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I send all the positive wave at this woman. She have a lot a courage and I wish she will have some now. Family and friend are very important in times like these. When we are in an a wild environment we have to be careful.
Mimi, Canada / Québec
14/05/2015 20:15
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Get well soon !
Sander Driessen, Netherlands
14/05/2015 18:20
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its really sad for the woman, but that is what bears in the wild do.
rinie, the netherlands
14/05/2015 14:53
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I sincerely hope that Natalya Pasternak get well soon! Well done job by the rescuers!
Rudike, Meeuwen / The Netherlands
14/05/2015 04:56
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