A worker for a famous Russian circus was mauled to death by a performing brown bear after entering the animal’s cage.
The worker, 28-year-old Valentin Bulich, locked himself in the cage with the bear, said the world-famous Great Moscow State Circus. According to reports, the seven-year-old bear tore off the man’s scalp.
He also suffered numerous severe wounds before his colleagues pulled him out of the cage.
The statement said that co-workers tried to save the man’s life, but with no luck.
“In a critical condition, he was taken to Vinogradov State Clinical Hospital, where he died of his wounds.”
The Great Moscow State Circus said that Bulich made a “gross violation of safety rules” by entering the cage on a day off for the performers.
The world-famous circus uses three Russian bears in their performances with the Alexandrov family. In many countries, using large dangerous animals has been banned, but Russia still incorporates them.
The circus has decided not to kill the bear.
Meanwhile, Russia’s animal rights campaigners have raised issues concerning the use of animals in circus acts.
Irina Novozhilova, a member of VITA, an animal rights group, said, “No circus conditions will be humane for one simple reason. Training goes hand in hand with cruelty. Circuses are always cruel beyond limits. And circuses with animals should be banned.”
Bulich’s motive for getting inside the cage with the large predator is now under investigation as part of a criminal case into his death.
A neighbor described Bulich as a calm, “balanced, kind young man” who was hardworking as well as dedicated to his job.
‘We know him only from the positive side. He did not drink nor smoke.”
In addition, authorities think that “for some reason, the man deliberately violated all the safety rules,” said Moskovsky Komsomolets. They also believe that he locked the cage from the inside.
“He had no chance to survive. The bear removed his scalp.”
[H/T Daily Mail]