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Copenhagen Zoo Polar Bear Shot With Rubber Bullets To Save Man Who Jumped Into Its Enclosure

Update Date: Dec 04, 2015 10:00 AM EST

One mentally unstable man jumped right into a polar bear enclosure in Copenhagen zoo. The staff got into quick action and shot it with rubber pellets to save the man on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old had gone through quite an interesting route. He jumped the fence of the zoo's Arctic Ring habitat, suffered a seven-meter fall into the security pit enclosure, clambered out of it and actually approached the 625-kg animal, said The Copenhagen Post.

"He went up to the bear and it examined him by sniffing him and shoving him, and he sustained some superficial injuries," zoo spokesman Jacob Munkholm said.

Two years ago, a man had jumped into the enclosure of two Siberian tigers, who immediately attacked and killed him, says the Daily Mail.

This time, immediately, zoo officials began to scream at the 10-year-old bear in order to keep it away from the man. The other zoo staff immediately arrived there with rubber bullets and forced it to return to its cage, and then rescued the man.

"It didn't take more than a minute and a half from the alarm going off when he entered the facility until our guards... shot rubber bullets at the bear and it moved away from him," Munkholm said.

A number of school kids had arrived at the scene, and were offered psychological help.

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