80-Year-Old Man Survives After Falling Off a Cliff While Fighting a Bear

Could this man be any more impressive?

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Brown bears vary widely in size, but can grow to a length of 9.2 feet.

In the battle of man vs. bear, man has triumphed–well, sort of.

The Guardian reports that Yusuf Alchagirov, an 80-year-old Russian shepherd, was minding his own business in a raspberry field when he was attacked by a large, hungry bear. Rather than let the predator get the best of him, Alchagirov counter-attacked. Despite his age, the octogenarian managed to knock the bear off-balance with a flurry of kicks and headbutts.

Unfortunately, this beating failed to faze the furry attacker and the bear responded by knocking the shepherd off a nearby cliff.  According to the Guardian, Alchagirov was hospitalised with “bruises, bite wounds and four broken ribs,” but avoided a potentially lethal mauling.

Alchagirov may have survived his encounter, but experts  generally advise against fighting back during a bear attack. If you are approached aggressively by a brown bear — a common species of bear in the region — Mother Nature Network suggests playing dead as the bear is  “likely trying to neutralize you as a threat.”

However, Alchagirov is positive that it’s his aggressiveness that saved his life. “I got off easy. It would have killed me if I’d chickened out,” said the shepherd.

10 comments
eetom
eetom

Yusuf Alchagirov is a Russian.

This story shows that we should be afraid of a bearish Russian than a bear from Russia or anywhere else.

moonbird
moonbird

He did just the right thing by fighting back. A bear knows that any wound can be fatal due to infection and will back off if hurt - preferably with something other than your fist.

Playing dead is the best way to become dinner.

NedReid
NedReid

I nominate him for "BadAss of the Week"!

WilliamMunny
WilliamMunny

"I don't usually drink beer after I fall off of cliffs after fighting bears, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis."


"Stay thirsty my friends." 

goblue562
goblue562

Psst.... Jacob Davison and Time editors:  It's 'faze', not 'phase'.   One of the most misused words out there..

EdwardVonDoom
EdwardVonDoom

You sure that wasn't just Chuck Norris slapboxing with his homies?

Akin
Akin

Only in Russia! I saw the headline and immediately thought is this person Russian?


larryj8
larryj8

@NedReid Week. Month. Perhaps BadAss of the Year. Seriously.

perisoft
perisoft

@goblue562 Well, the bear didn't shift into another dimension, so technically I suppose it's still true.

(Yeah, they've since fixed it.)