Man escapes from female bear hug

A farmer who ventured into a thick forest in the Dambulla area was mauled by a wild bear but was able to fight with the beast and escape with his life.

The incident occurred when the 35-year-old man ventured into the forest to collect fire wood for his home and was suddenly confronted by an angry female bear.

Armed with only a wooden stick, the man fought for his life and was able to force the bear to withdraw. According to the victim the duel lasted at least one hour before the beast retreated.

The victim later entered the village, badly bruised and in a state of shock. He was later rushed to the nearby Hettipola hospital and later transferred to the Dambulla hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.

Hospital officials said the man’s condition was not life-threatening.

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