Prabhu Bhatara reportedly lost his life on Wednesday evening in India, after getting mauled by a wounded bear he wanted to take a selfie with.
The deceased who lost his life due to recklessness, was returning to Papadahandi with a few others in an SUV from Kotapad where they had gone to attend a wedding. They however stopped near a forest to attend nature’s call, when Bhatara was said to have spotted the injured animal in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India.
Though his fellow SUV passengers advised him against trying to take a picture with the creature, as he sidled up, the bear struck and a struggled ensued. A stray dog also stepped in and bit the bear but its intervention failed to deter the larger animal.
Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said Mr Bhatara “died on the spot.” He added: “The bear is being treated for its injuries.” The driver’s fellow passengers who watched the entire act, were busy recording the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him.
India had the highest rate of deaths linked to selfies for the two years between March 2014 and September 2016, with 60 per cent of all deaths taking place there, a study claimed last year.
Of 127 reported selfie deaths in that period, 76 occurred in India, a collaborative study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi found.
One 17-year-old girl died when she was swept over a parapet by a large wave while taking a selfie with friends.
Elsewhere, in 2014 a Mexican man died when the gun he was holding while taking pictures went off, wounding him in the head.
Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, who had reportedly been drinking with friends before the incident, died on the way to hospital.
Last year an American woman was deemed “lucky to be alive” after she fell some 60ft from a bridge in California while taking a selfi