‘Fearless’ bear trainer famous for kissing grizzlies loses her leg after one of the beasts turned on her

‘Fearless’ bear trainer famous for kissing grizzlies loses her leg after one of the beasts turned on her

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A ZOOKEEPER famed for kissing bears has “lost her leg” after a brutal attack by a caged predator in Russia today. 

The beast clawed Vera Blishch with its paw before sinking its teeth into her leg. 

Vera Blishch would kiss bears on camera
Vera Blishch would kiss bears on camera
VL; The Siberian Times
She would also hand feed them, which some would say was also quite dangerous
She would also hand feed them, which some would say was also quite dangerous
VL; The Siberian Times
One of her bears reaches out of his cage
One of her bears reaches out of his cage
VL; The Siberian Times

The experienced keeper later had her lower leg amputated because it was so badly mangled, according to reports in eastern Russia. 

The victim, known for kissing a bear at her zoo in Ussuriysk, had been training a new employee when the beast turned on her. 

She had earlier said about getting up close and personal with a  bear: “It is very dangerous to do this.

“A bear is the most dangerous predator on earth.”

 The keeper is well known for a campaign to save animals hit by severe flooding in the Russian Far East in 2015.

She stood neck-deep in flood water to save caged animals. 

Even by just kissing the bear now I might lose my head within a split second


Zookeeper Vera Blishch, before she was attacked by a bear

It was not immediately clear if the predator that attacked her was one she had saved four years ago. 

Paramedic Alexander Fedeykin said: “A zoo employee was instructing a new member of staff and came close to the cage.

“The bear struck her with its paw, leading to an open fracture and her skin torn off.”

Later reports said doctors were forced to amputate her leg, said The Siberian Times.


The keeper demonstrated how she kissed a bear in 2015 when the municipal zoo opened in Ussuriysk  — even though she admitted it was “very dangerous”.

Mrs Blishch said: “Bears are trained almost nowhere except for Russia.

“Even by just kissing the bear now I might lose my head within a split second.

“To work with a bear, you must have a special feeling.

“We say it’s a feeling sent by God.

“You must feel a bear.”

The accident was half an hour before the zoo opened.

It is unclear wether she maintian her hands on approach with bears
It is unclear whether she will maintain her hands-on approach with bears after the attack
VL; The Siberian Times


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