Performing bear breaks loose in Russian circus to attack female trainer in front of shocked children
Performing bear dressed in hat and scarf breaks loose in Russian circus ring to attack female trainer in front of shocked children and their parents
- Shocking attack filmed at Harlequin Traveling Circus in Berezovsky, Kemerovo
- Brown bear swipes at his trainer before holding her foot and ankle
- Russian Commission of Inquiry is studying incident to check for security breaches
This is when a performing brown bear attacked a female trainer in front of shocked children and their families at a circus in Russia.
Footage captured by an onlooker shows the wild animal — dressed in a hat and shimmering pink scarf — suddenly clawing at the blonde woman during a performance in Berezovsky, in the Kemerovo region.
You see the bear sweeping at the trainer and holding her foot and ankle before being grabbed by the neck and pulled away by two male performers.
The shocking incident at the Harlequin Traveling Circus on Saturday happened just meters away from children and their parents – who had no barriers or fences to protect them from the beast.
The video clip then shows how despite the female trainer appearing to have fallen from pain, the bear is forced to continue performing tricks on her.
The animal then makes another attack before being pulled away again.
There was even a third attack, according to reports, but the video shared online doesn’t last long enough to show it.
The woman did not seek medical treatment after the incident.
The circus is known for dressing bears in human clothing – some wearing tutus – and “takes pride in the humane training of the animals.”
Moment when a bear attacks a circus trainer in Russia in front of terrified children and their families
Harlequin Traveling Circus’ female trainer has been filmed struggling to free her leg from the bear’s grip during Saturday’s attack
The Russian Commission of Inquiry is studying Saturday’s incident to check whether there were any security breaches during the performance, especially as there appears to be no fence or barrier protecting the spectators.
The Harlequin Traveling Circus later denied that there had been an attack, despite the video evidence.
A spokesperson told Mash Siberia: “There was not a single incident.
“Simply put, bears are now in mating season.”
The circus promises “an unforgettable large-scale performance with a wide variety of animals” to “surprise every city in Russia.”
The website states: ‘The performers bring a symbiosis of training, clowning and top-notch stunts into the circus ring.’
The bear was dressed in a white hat and pink glitter scarf because he was made to perform tricks before turning on his trainer
The bear was filmed attacking the trainer for the second time after he was forced to continue performing tricks
Two male circus performers grabbed the bear by the neck to pull it away from the trainer as spectators filmed the terrifying moment
Tickets to the show were priced at 500 rubles – or £4.90.
Irina Novozhilova, from animal rights organization VITA, has called for a ban on all live animal circuses, which remain popular throughout Russia.
“No circus conditions are going to be humane for one simple reason,” she said.
“Training goes hand in hand with cruelty… circuses are always cruel.
“And circuses with animals should be banned.”