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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 (178)

I really cant bear to read this.......
Hugh G. Rection, Warren, Mi
27/06/2019 18:10
LOL...Total fake story...smh...This is how the world is controlled...A news source writes or says something and it automatically becomes "truth"...smh
rob, usa
27/06/2019 17:36
A lot of really stupid comments in here. Your jokes aren't even funny. And I guess I fail to see the humour in such a horrible story. This man has suffered incredibly.
Luke, Praha, CZ
27/06/2019 16:24
All the Drudge retards are checking in!
G. Almeyda , United States
27/06/2019 16:02
when the bear was asked about the incident he replied everything was consensual...
christopher maryott, DTLA
27/06/2019 15:56
he will have a tough time sellilng the movie script since Leonardo DiCaprio already did this.
christopher maryott, DTLA
27/06/2019 15:52
I think it's fake news.
besides the reasons the report mentioned above, if a human's body got damaged like that, the blood system couldn't sustain his heart worked with total poison and almost no oxygen, etc..
it's more terrible now if this fake news coming up and get hot in Asia area.
Marc PCW, Taiwan, Formosa
27/06/2019 15:25
You people are sick. I'm just glad I don't know any of you personally.
Mimi, San Diego, U.S.
27/06/2019 14:59
He survived a truely "unbearable" situation.
Grizzly Adams, Big Bear
27/06/2019 12:56
That is obviously Stalin. He crawled out of his tomb.
kevin Shannon, USA
27/06/2019 12:41
This is the only way some of us can lose weight and get thin.
karl, erie/PA
27/06/2019 12:02
People are so sarcastic and cruel. I think his story is believable. Just look at his condition. He probably was very quiet when the bear was in the den at night. The bear probably found a plentiful supply outside and was full when he came inside. It was cold and the bear was saving him until later when he went inside to hybernate. I tend to believe him.
Carolyn Haney, Knoxville, TN
27/06/2019 10:44
Also is possible that -with chess game and inexpensive vodka- the bear sought to have improper relations with man. But then good bypasser Rus with courage and strategem were able to summon the beast by pretend for beastial sex too. Once lured, bear was vanquished on a gun. No need for a guitar and song to be written as the brave ones know their bravery and others soon hear of it from children who invent songs more spontaneously ! and the dogs even helped.
Pavel, Molsk
27/06/2019 10:39
How on Earth did he bear it? Human jerky for the bears bare necessities.
Jack, Washington, D.C.
27/06/2019 10:07
Smith James, Philly
27/06/2019 10:00

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