Man who tried to take selfie with bear mauled to death as friends watch

A man was mauled to death by a bear in eastern India when he tried to approach the animal to snap a photo, reports the Hindustan Times.

The Times reports a group of friends were headed back from a wedding Wednesday when they pulled over in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha for a roadside bathroom break. That’s when Prabhu Bhatara reportedy spotted an injured bear in the forest.

Forest officials say Bhatara approached the bear and tried to take a selfie with it. The bear chased and attacked the man as his friends recorded on their phones from the car.

While the man’s friends did not try to get between Bhatara and the bear, a stray dog apparently did. Officials told the TImes the dog attacked the bear, but did not distract it long enough to save Bhatara’s life.

“Bhatara died on the spot,” according to a forest ranger.

The nearest forest office was about six miles from where the man was attacked. Officials were able to recover the man’s body late Wednesday night after tranquilizing the bear.