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14 Jul, 2008 17:58

Zoo horror: man butchered by bears in Ukraine

A man has been mauled to death by two brown bears in a Ukrainian zoo.

The man, who was reportedly drunk, fell into the bears’ enclosure after losing his balance while trying to have his photo taken near to them.

Onlookers at the zoo in Nikolaev called out for help but the man was killed before the zoo staff could rescue him.

The staff are reportedly afraid of any further aggressive behavior by the bears and have promised to keep a close eye on them.

A similar incident took place last year in the same zoo. A man fell into a cage with tigers but was luckily rescued.

The directors of the zoo are reported to have said that it was pointless to make special safety measures as it was in the animals’ nature to have instincts.