Bears are very scary animals. Don’t believe Yogi Bear: they’ll take your picnic and probably your life too if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As a rule, it’s advisable to avoid any and all contact with a bear, as they are liable to tear you to pieces. Thai tourist Naiphum Promratee evidently never got that memo though.
The 36-year-old was visiting a temple in the Phetchabun province when he came across a bear in a small enclosure. Keen to get up close and personal, Naiphum thought it would be a good idea to taunt said animal with a bowl of rice on the end of a rope.
What could possibly go wrong? Well, you could end up dragged into the enclosure like Naiphum was.
The incident was filmed, in all its horror, by a nearby spectator who evidently felt it was more important to capture the sight of a grown man being mauled by a bear rather than, you know, do anything to help.
Naiphum found himself dragged into the enclosure when the bear, out of nowhere, stood up on its hind legs and dragged his tormentor inside.
The 36-year-old was subsequently mauled and bitten by the offending animal, while his friends attempted to deter the animal by throwing cold water at it and poking it with a stick – neither of which worked.
Eventually, one brave individual was able to intervene, jumping into the enclosure and pushing the bear back into their cage with Naiphum was dragged to safety.
Thankfully he survived and suffered no serious injuries.
The lesson here is a simple one: don’t taunt bears. Because that’s a lesson some people needed to be taught