A MAN resembling a “mummy” has been found alive in a bear’s den a month after the beast attacked him and kept him in its lair for a future meal.
Named only as Alexander, the victim was severely injured and close to death when hunting dogs found him in Russia’s remote Tuva region.
The emaciated man was rushed to hospital where medics discovered he’d broken his spine after being set upon by the brown bear.
He told doctors that the predator had overpowered him – then tossed him in its den where it kept him for a month.
Alexander explained: “The bear preserved me as food for later. I drank my own urine to survive.”
A group of Russian hunters found Alexander after their dogs barked and refused to move on from a bear’s den they passed in the forest, it’s reported.
The region is favoured by Vladimir Putin for vacations.
When the hunters checked inside the lair the saw what they believed to be a “human mummy” – until they realised he was alive.
A hospital video shows the bearded man opening his eyes and confirming his first name.
He was described as having “severe injuries and rotting tissue” from lying motionless for so long in the den.
“Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries,” said the report.
The exact location where he was found has not been revealed, nor the name of the hospital where he was treated.
He was spoken to by medical staff in Russian rather than the local Tuvan language.
Brown bears are known to hide their prey and return to feast on it later.