Accounting for around 10 per cent of the world’s dry land, Siberia is famous as a brutally cold place. Yet it is home to a diverse range of habitats and animal life – including musk deer, camels, gazelles and the extraordinary Siberian salamander, which can spend years encased in -40°C ice and still survive. Exploring from the frozen north to the southern steppes, this is the real Siberia.
Three moose have been wandering freely around the streets of Moscow today, thrilling local residents.
One moose stood right outside a local police station, while the others set up camp in front of a residential block in Sokolniki. Officers patrolled the area to ensure the safety of residents and the animals.
It is thought the moose escaped from an animal sanctuary next to Sokolniki Park. Several attempts were made to drive the animals back, but they kept returning. The latest reports suggest they have now gone home.
We’ve seen Kung Fu Panda – now, a real Russian bear has become an internet hit, amazing visitors to a Siberian zoo with his perfect mastery of the martial art. (Almost he is practicing as you will see!)
An amateur video shows the animal throwing a wooden club around his neck, passing it from paw to paw and twisting it in front of him.
The Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk says Pamir the bear has played with the club since he was a cub. The seven-year-old also likes to play with cans, boards, baseball bats and cold water from a hose.
Nicknamed Pamir after the mountains in Central Asia, the bear is a rare white-claw featured in the Red List of Threatened Species.
Unlike their Russian relatives, these sporty bears from the Central Asian Himalayan forests do not hibernate.
Exhausted by hunger, a wild bear family in Russia’s Far East has taken to highways begging local people for help.
The three bears – evidently a mother and two cubs – were first spotted by a local trunk driver. The man stopped his vehicle to take some rest, when the furry group came by. At first, he was scared stiff, but then realized the animals were not willing to hurt him.
As it turned out, the bears were starving – all the food has disappeared from forests after intense cold hit in the region.
In about half an hour, curious locals gathered on the highway to watch the bear family enjoying their meal. The animals demonstrated a particular liking to condensed milk and soda, so people were going back and forth with new cans and bottles.
The spectators, however, warned each other not to come too close, as a single hit from a bear’s big paw can easily be fatal for a human.
Although there have always been plenty of bears in the region, they rarely come out of the forests. Hunters say it is a bad idea to feed them, as the animals could get used to people’s help and forget how to hunt. In addition, as nice as they can be, the bears will always remain aggressive, thus posing a danger.
A group of polar bears have attacked a small town in Russia’s Far East. Witnesses insist one person was eaten alive – and have pictures of her picked-over remains. Meanwhile, more attacks are reported to have taken place.
A horrifying video was uploaded to Youtube in the RU zone by the user x25rus showing polar bears attacking people in a small town in Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Region. The bears appeared to be living in abandoned houses and were roaming the town in small groups of five. At the end of August, the animals were chased away from the town, but not before local people had endured a living hell at the hands of the unwelcome guests.
This video shows a young woman, apparently drunk and on the point of relieving herself near an abandoned house. Suddenly, a bear attacks. Passersby shouts to the girl to run away. Then they start throwing bottles at the bear in the hope of saving the girl’s life. It works – the bear runs off and leaves his victim alive, though badly injured.
According to Rosbalt, on August 19 a bear killed a man in the town, causing widespread fury. Local people hunted down and killed three bears found wandering the streets.
The bears first appeared in the locality in the middle of August and settled in an abandoned house which had once served as a pigsty. On September 19, a town-dweller, Stanislav Ettuvge, 32, was heading to work when he was suddenly attacked by a bear.
Townspeople shot dead and killed both the bear that had attacked Stanislav and the one that mauled the young woman, together with a bear cub. The remaining bears fled the town.
Drive into a lake and then the locals will help you get out! This is a great video and you will be amazed at what they have to do to get these vehicles unstuck. I just do not understand why the guy drove into the lake in the first place…
As summer gets underway so does killer tick season.
The ticks are found mainly in forests. Over 200,000 people have already been bitten, with half catching tick-borne encephalitis which can cause paralysis and death.
Here are some simple guidelines on how to avoid being bitten. When walking in the forest, avoid touching tree branches. Ticks like to hang out on them and they could fall on you. Also, cover your body from top to bottom – no shorts or T-shirts. That may sound tough in summer but it could save your life!