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- Rescuers said that the man looked like a mummy when he was found in the den
- Named only as Alexander, he said he was preserved as food for later by the bear
- Alexander told doctors he had drank his own urine for survival in the bear den
- Doctors said that it was a miracle that the man didn’t die in his shocking ordeal
A man ‘looking like a mummy’ was rescued from a bear den after the animal broke his spine and tossed him into the back of its lair to save for a later meal.
Named only as Alexander, the man was found by hunting dogs after the bear kept him in its den for a whole month in Russia‘s remote Tuva region.
Close to death, the emaciated man was rushed to hospital where doctors discovered he had broken his spine in a fight with the brown bear.
He told them that the large animal had overpowered him and saved him as food for later.
The man, named only as Alexander, survived for a month drinking his own urine in the bear’s lair
Brown bears are known to hide their prey and return to feast on it later.
Talking about his experience, Alexander said: ‘The bear preserved me as food for later.’
He added that he drank his own urine to survive, and doctors said it was a ‘miracle’ that he wasn’t killed.