A bear kept at a temple in a rural Thai province mauled a local Thai man and dragged him into her cage, after he allegedly teased the bear and attempted to pet her, according to his uncle.
A horrific video of the incident that happened yesterday morning made international headlines today. In the clip, Fon Promlat, 38, lies helplessly in the bear’s enclosed area at Luang Pu Lamai Temple in Petchabun province. From outside the enclosure, locals poke the bear with a stick and yell her name, “Kaew,” in an attempt to halt the attack.
At one point, another man is heard yelling, “Get up and run fast!”
But their attempts to assist Fon were to no avail, the 7-year-old enormous bear dragged Fon toward her cage. The video then cuts to the part where locals, and the bear’s caretaker, rush in and drag Fon out of the cage.
According to Fon’s uncle, Rod Promlat, the man visited the temple to adopt one of the boars that the temple keeps. Before the attack, Rod said his nephew was “walking drunkenly” above the bear’s sunken enclosure before offering flowers to the creature and lowering himself down to tease the bear because he wanted to pet her, Thairath reported.
Suddenly, the bear snatched him by his wrist and dragged him into her enclosure, Rod said.
Phra Tanet Tikayano, the only monk at the temple, said this was the first time Kaew attacked a human. She was raised at the temple since she was a cub.
The man was sent to a local hospital. He is in critical condition.
WARNING: This video contains gruesome content.