A pregnant woman was attacked by a bear during an appalling live show at an animal circus.
The incident takes place in Oryol, Russia, where a pregnant animal trainer was attacked by the bear she handles while the two were performing tricks on the stage during a live show.
Though the use of animals in circuses has been banned in some countries due to the physical and emotional abuse wild animals used for entertainment are forced to undergo, cruel bear training is still a far too common practice in Russia.
During the live show, screams filled the outdated circus after the bear lashed out at the pregnant woman and scratched her.
As one of the witnesses reported, two men began whipping the bear after it attacked its handler. Though the pregnant woman insisted her injuries were minor, she was taken to the hospital after the incident.
While it is well-known that circus animals face major mental torments due to constant beatings they undergo during their training, the bear’s trainer appeared to blame the animal’s “jealousy” for the attack.
“I literally have two scratches and a slight bruise on my leg. With the animal, too, everything is fine, and my baby, all is normal,” the unnamed pregnant woman said after she was patched up.
“Perhaps it was jealousy to some extent, since I am pregnant. There can be many nuances. I will, of course, deal with this incident with more experienced colleagues. At the moment, the bear behaves to me the same way as usual.”
The animal trainer went on to insist that her bear has been behaving “affectionately and fondly” towards her ever since.
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