BELGRADE, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - A 48-year-old shepherd from the village of Vrba in the southeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina strangled a brown bear barehanded after the wild animal attacked him, Bosnian television reported.
Blazo Grkovic was tending a flock of sheep on a meadow in Volljak, when the bear assaulted him. The shepherd had a small ax with him, but had no chance of using it.
“At one moment the bear grasped my hand and I choked it by the throat with the other hand until the animal fell down,” Grkovic told journalists adding that he neither remembered the details of the struggle, nor how long it lasted.
After the vicious encounter with the animal, the bleeding shepherd managed to cover a distance of several kilometers along a mountainous path before calling an ambulance.
Doctors diagnosed multiple injuries to shepherd’s hands, legs and head caused by the bear’s jaws and paws. Grkovic will remain hospitalized for over a week, they said.