By Cody J – B.O.C. June 11th 2019
A Russian man is claiming to have fought off a brown bear by biting off its TONGUE.
Nikolay Irgit, 35, was attacked and mauled by a 1000 lb brown bear in the Tuva region in Southern Siberia.
From The Sun:
The 35-year-old – who was searching for deer and elk antlers to sell on the black market with two friends – said: “When I saw the bear, at first I froze in horror.
“I didn’t have any weapons, not even a knife.
“I began to scream, I thought it would not attack. But the bear charged towards me.
“I managed to punch him in the face, but he pounced and knocked me off my feet.”
A police report details the moment Nikolay is said to have turned the tables.
Cops said: “The bear knocked him down and started biting.
“At the moment when the bear clasped his teeth on Irgit’s face, he managed to bite off a part of bear’s tongue, which is why the bear stopped the attack and fled.
“After coming to his senses a bleeding Irgit called his friends to come and help.”
Nikolay’s two pals made a makeshift stretcher and carried their injured friend to the nearest village.
He was then moved 95 miles to a major hospital in regional capital Kyzyl.
A gruesome picture shows him with his head bandaged and facial wounds.
Doctors said Nikolay suffered serious claw and bite wounds to his face, scalp, arms and abdomen.
Despite his injuries, he is expected to fully recover.
The brown bear, which fled into the forest and has not been found, will be hunted and killed because it attacked a human.
Despite his miraculous escape, Nikolay will be fined for illegally searching for antlers without a licence.
They are also suspected of starting a fire in a restricted forest zone.