Indignation as cruel villagers are filmed stoning a bear cub to death in Iran

Indignation as cruel villagers are filmed stoning a bear cub to death in Iran

  • The video shows two men throwing stones at an injured and disoriented bear
  • A woman can be heard begging them to stop, but they ignore her screams
  • More footage shows cub being leashed and dragged into the back of a truck
  • Rangers were called and tried to save the animal, but it died
  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Video of a bear cub stoned by a group of men in northern Iran has caused indignation after it has been posted online.

Troubling images show that two men earlier this week were throwing stones at the dazed and wounded animal in Savadkuh County, in the north of the country.

A woman can be heard yelling at the men to stop their attack, but they ignore her screams and continue to pelt the animal with large pieces of stone.

A young brown bear was filmed after stoning at least two men after roaming around a village in northern Iran earlier this week

A young brown bear was filmed after stoning at least two men after roaming around a village in northern Iran earlier this week

Two men were admitted as they threw pieces of stone on the dazed and wounded animal, even though a woman yelled at them to stop

Two men were admitted as they threw pieces of stone on the dazed and wounded animal, even though a woman yelled at them to stop

Two men were admitted as they threw pieces of stone on the dazed and wounded animal, even though a woman yelled at them to stop

Further video shows that at some point a larger group managed to tie a piece of string around the neck of the exhausted and bleeding animal.

It was then strapped into the back of a truck where it was incorporated panting heavily through its mouth.

A social media user, who had posted images of the attack on Instagram, claimed that the bear's nose was completely closed and that his mouth was full of blood.

The man, who goes at the handle of Soheiloladzad, also claims that the bear was unable to see from an eye that was full of blood.

A third video then shows the bear – who is either unconscious or dead – being dragged from the first truck to the back of a second.

Iran Front Page, a state-sanctioned news site, says that at some point forest rangers were called and tried to take the bear for treatment – but it died before vets could take care of it.

One man was arrested during the attack, according to the site, while a second – his employee – is being sought.

After being injured, the clearly exhausted animal is tied with a piece of rope by a group of men who then load the bear into a truck

After being injured, the clearly exhausted animal is tied with a piece of rope by a group of men who then load the bear into a truck

After being injured, the clearly exhausted animal is tied with a piece of rope by a group of men who then load the bear into a truck

Iranian media say that at some point rangers were called and tried to take the animal to the hospital, but it died en route (pictured, the bear unconscious in the back of a truck)

Iranian media say that at some point rangers were called and tried to take the animal to the hospital, but it died en route (pictured, the bear unconscious in the back of a truck)

Iranian media say that at some point rangers were called and tried to take the animal to the hospital, but it died en route (pictured, the bear unconscious in the back of a truck)

Mazandaran Hossein Ali Ebrahimi, head of the environmental service in the region, has called on the men to receive both prison sentences and heavy fines.

The culprits have not only caused environmental damage, but have also hurt the public's feelings, Ebrahimi said.

Eurasian brown bears are common in the wooded areas of northern Iran, where fear of attacks by villagers is common The observers for France 24.

"People often talk about bears when they have attacked someone or destroyed a farmer's beehives or killed his chickens," said a local source.

& # 39; I think that fear of bears is in our DNA. That is why these villagers acted in such an unreasonable way. & # 39;

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