There are a few things that you shouldn’t have to be taught as you make your way through this life. One of those things is not to get too close to a bear, as it is sure it will much prefer having a human as a meal to that lovely bowl of rice that you’re holding.
But a man, Naiphum Promratee, was clearly unaware of such sage advice when he saw one such beast in rural Phetchabun province. Naiphum had traveled to the region after monks issued an appeal for help to feed the array of animals that they keep in enclosures. He leaned against a wall and was allegedly teasing the bear by dangling a bowl of rice over its head, until the animal stood on its back legs and pulled him in.
Horrifying footage showed spectators trying in vain to scare away the bear as he mauled Promratee. His friends hit the bear with poles and threw cold water at it, to no avail. The bear continued to bite and scratch Promratee for almost a minute before it started dragging him across the dusty enclosure. But one of the group ran into the enclosure and battered the bear in its cage with a pole while friends rescued Naiphum.
Miraculously, he survived the attack. Emergency services arrived at the scene and rushed the gravely injured and bleeding man to the hospital.
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