This is the terrifying moment when a “jealous” brown bear attacks a pregnant circus performer in front of the screaming children.
The woman – wearing a bright blue dress in horrific footage of the attack – was hoisted by a circus animal performing in Oryol, Russia.
Eyewitnesses described how the bear did not give up despite being “flashed with a whip” as the two men fought to free the woman.
The terror unfolds during an act involving two bears and two trainers in the ring.
Miraculously, the woman – who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance – suffered only “two bruises and a minor bruise”.
She thinks the bear may have attacked because of her pregnancy – but she insists that her unborn child is fine.
She said: “I literally have two bruises and a slight bruise on my leg.
“Even with the animal, everything is fine, and my child, everything is normal.”
The trainer – who has not been named – said: “Maybe it was some degree of jealousy, because I am pregnant. There could be many nuances.
“Certainly, I will deal with this incident with more experienced colleagues.
“At the moment, the bear treats me as usual. It again behaves with love and affection as if nothing had happened.”
One report stated that Trainor and Bear “hug and dressed up” after the attack.
But concerned locals claim that a caged animal was seen in an “agitated” and “disturbed” state before the show.
A circus visitor claimed to have seen it before. Bear has been barred from performing for now.
The Russian Investigative Committee has started an investigation into the incident.
A source said: “The investigation is working on a set of measures to establish all the circumstances of the incident, interviewing circus staff and witnesses.”
Animal rights activists are calling for a complete ban on circuses that use live animals for shows.
Irina Novozhilova of the animal rights group Vita said: “No circus situation would be humane for one simple reason.
“Training goes along with cruelty… Circus are always cruel beyond limits.
“And circuses with animals should be banned.”
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