VIDEO: Tourist Taunts Hungry Bear, Pissed Off Animal Gets Bloody Payback

Naiphum Promratee, 36, was visiting Wat Luang Phor Lamai temple in Phetchabun province, a rural part of Thailand, when he made what turned out to be the dumbest decision of his life. Using a rope, Promratee began lowering bowls of rice down into an enclosure which housed a hungry bear. The pissed off animal soon got its payback, teaching Promratee a painful and bloody lesson.

Using a rope, Promratee began lowering bowls of rice down into the bear’s enclosure, taunting the hungry animal. This angered the massive bear which then stood up on his hind legs and dragged Promratee into his enclosure. The bloody mauling that ensued was caught on video, but it is so gruesome that at times it’s difficult to stomach.

WARNING: The footage below is graphic and may be too disturbing for some viewers.

The bear knocked Promratee unconscious and then began tearing off his flesh. Meanwhile, others looked on in horror. They tried screaming at the bear and throwing water at it in an attempt to scare it off, but none of these tactics deterred the animal.

Horrifying footage showed spectators trying in vain to scare away the bear as he mauled Promratee.

His friends hit the bear with poles and threw cold water at it, to no avail.

The bear continued to bite and scratch Promratee for almost a minute before it started dragging him across the dusty enclosure.

But one of the group ran into the enclosure and battered the bear in its cage with a pole while friends rescued Naiphum. [Source: Daily Mail]

Incredibly, Promratee survived the mauling. Emergency services arrived on the scene and rushed him to the hospital, where he is now recovering.

“We received a report today of a bear attack at 11:10 am,” said Bpae Permpoonsap, 60, from the Khon Khao Koo Pai rescue service. “The bear was among other creatures being raised by monks at the temple. The man had gone to the temple with four or five friends and he was toying with the bear,” continued Permpoonsap.

“It pulled him in and attacked him,” he added, according to The Sun. “We arrived and found the man injured seriously. He had been with his friends and wanted to feed the animals. He was lucky to survive and he is in hospital now and able to talk,” Permpoonsap concluded.

Monks keep around two dozen wild boar and one bear at the temple. They care for the animals and allow guests to feed them, but one day before Promratee was gored, the head abbot admitted that some of the animals were “hungry” because they were not being given enough food.

The temple had even appealed to the public for donations which they could use to help in feeding the animals. When Promratee heard of their plight, he decided to visit Wat Luang Phor Lamai temple with a group of his friends.

Naturally, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) got wind of the incident and were triggered. “If you taunt a hungry bear, you’re likely to get hurt,” PETA said in a statement. “Bears are powerful predators who, in the wild, spend most of their time foraging and exploring home ranges that may cover thousands of miles – and smart people respect them enough to leave them alone.”

“They suffer immensely when they’re trapped in barren concrete pits, denied everything that’s natural and important to them and left with nothing to do but pace back and forth and beg for food, often slowly going out of their minds with frustration,” continued PETA. “While this man got away with his life, bears around the world will continue to live and die in misery as long as humans still incarcerate animals in the name of entertainment.”

Given that the bear which mauled Promratee was going hungry, and the tourist knew as much, perhaps he got exactly what was coming to him. Honestly, who taunts a starving animal with food just out of its reach? That’s not just dumb, it’s cruel. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.