This is the shocking moment a rampaging bear chases an animal catcher along the edge of a reservoir before brutally attacking him in the water.
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The incident took place in the district of Karnool in the eastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh after residents complained that the sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) had been terrorising the area for several days.
The forest department sent Kumar to the area to observe the situation and villagers then spotted the bear in a paddy field the following morning and raised the alarm.
Kumar and several locals went to the animal’s location and ended up chasing the insectivorous bear into a nearby reservoir.
The group tried to catch the bear by lassoing it, but reportedly got too close and allowed the animal to strike.
As seen in the footage, Kumar runs away from the threatened animal as colleagues try to hold it back with ropes.
However, the sloth bear breaks free and Kumar tumbles to the ground.
The forest worker gets back on his feet and jumps into the reservoir as the bear gives chase.
The stocky mammal wades into the water to attack Kumar as onlookers scream in shock.
It is seen mauling the man as colleagues can do nothing to help.
According to local media, Kumar was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and is currently receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, officials sent another team to the reservoir, but the bear had reportedly already made its own way back to the forest.
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