A man was mauled to death by a wounded bear this week when he foolishly tried to take a selfie alongside the animal, according to reports.
The victim, identified by local media as Prabhu Bhatara, was driving a group of people home from a wedding when he stopped to relieve himself in a forest area in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
Bhatara then spotted an injured bear and for some reason, decided to take a selfie with the creature, according to the report. When the man approached, the bear’s fight instinct immediately kicked in.
Horrific video of the incident filmed by a bystander shows the bear attacking Bhatara, as terrified witnesses scream.
“Bhatara died on the spot,” forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra told a news outlet.
A stray dog even attempted to go after the bear by barking at it, but Bhatara could not be saved.
Bhatara’s death is Odisha’s third selfie-related fatality since December. A 50-year-old man was crushed to death by a wild elephant while trying to take a selfie with the animal in December, according to local media. Also that month, a youth was crushed to death while taking a selfie, also with an elephant, reports said.