Warning: The first video of the man trying to take a selfie with a bear may be disturbing for sensitive viewers.
Selfies have officially gone too far! A man in India decided to stop in a nearby forest on the way to a wedding to take a quick selfie with a bear despite his friends attempting to dissuade him.
Prabhu Bhatara is said to have spotted the injured animal in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India. As he walked up to the bear it attacked, Bhatara tried to fight back, unfortunately with no success. A stray dog attempted to bite the bear to allow Bhatara a chance to escape but the bear did not lose focus. Forest ranger, Dhanurjaya Mohapatra, said Mr Bhatara “died on the spot.” He added: “The bear is being treated for its injuries”.
India had the highest rate of deaths linked to selfies for the two years between March 2014 and September 2016. Seriously, we need to set some ground rules for selfie-taking:
- All bits that should be blurred out, should be covered
- Hanging off the edge of a building or cliff to take a selfie, is NOT cool
- Taking a selfie while driving is a massive NO
- Don't take selfies with any dangerous, wild animals that are close enough to bite, scratch, charge or trample you!
You may think this is a one in a million incident but selfie accidents are far more common than you think, and if you survive to tell the tale, we will laugh at you and/or tell you that you were dumb! Vanity kills!
If you still aren't sure about situations when it's NOT ok to take a selfie, check out the second video.