A Russian Performing Bear Kills Circus Manager, Injures Trainer
A tragic incident has taken place as a Russian circus crew was visiting Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. During a routine rehearsal, an ice-skating bear got agressive and attacked one of its trainers and a circus manager. The 25-year-old circus manager Dmitry Potapov died from the injuries sustained, and the bear's trainer was taken to hospital. He was severely mauled and is in critical condition right now. The bear was shot dead on the scene by the police.
The five-year-old bear attacked Mr Potapov, dragging him across the ice and leaving him with fatal injuries.
A 29-year-old circus employee who tried to rescue Mr Potapov was badly injured and is in a critical condition, said Kyrgyz doctor Gulnara Tashibekova.
The director of the circus arena in Bishkek said Russian circus workers dragged the two men away from the bear and closed the arena's exits until the police arrived.
Russian circuses and zoos are notorious for keeping bears in appalling living conditions. The animals are often malnurished and do not receive regular veterinary care. They often live in small enclosures and are abused.
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