Man mauled to death by bear as he stopped to take a selfie with it

A man was mauled to death by a bear after he reportedly stopped and tried to take a selfie with it.

Prabhu Bhatara was on his way home from a wedding when he jumped out of the SUV he was travelling in to go to the toilet.

He is believed to have spotted the injured bear and tried to take a selfie with the animal, it is claimed.

Others in the vehicle cautioned him against taking the photo, but he was attacked when he got too close.

Forest officials – who had to tranquilise the bear to recover his body – said a stray dog tried to fight with the bear but failed to save the man.

Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said: "Bhatara died on the spot.

"The bear is being treated for its injuries."

The incident happened on Wednesday near Papadahandi in Nabarangpur district of Odisha, India.

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