Taxi driver mauled to death trying to take a selfie with a bear in India

A taxi driver has been mauled to death by a bear after he stopped to take a selfie with the animal in India.

Prabhu Bhatara was driving guests home from a in the eastern province of Odisha on Wednesday when he spotted the bear by the roadside. 

With his passengers waiting in the back of the car, Bhatara went to try and take a picture with the animal, which was wounded.

Prabhu Bhatara, a taxi driver from Odisha province, in eastern India, was trying to take a selfie with an injured bear when he slipped and was dragged to the floor by the animal

Prabhu Bhatara, a taxi driver from Odisha province, in eastern India, was trying to take a selfie with an injured bear when he slipped and was dragged to the floor by the animal

Shocked onlookers, including two passengers Mr Bhatara was driving home from a wedding, attempted to scare the bear away but to no avail

Shocked onlookers, including two passengers Mr Bhatara was driving home from a , attempted to scare the bear away but to no avail

But the bear managed to grab him and pull him to the ground, where he was mauled to death, the Odisha Sun-Times reports.

The newspaper said the bear was attempting to drink from a pond when Mr Bhatara approached it,

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