A rock climber in Japan recently fought off a wild bear while climbing a rocky cliff face on Mount Futago. The horrifying encounter was captured on the climber’s GoPro and shared on YouTube in a clip that went viral and has racked up nearly 2 million views.
Thankfully the climber made it to safety and stated in the videos description, “I was attacked by a bear from behind while descending the rocky ridge of Mt. Futago in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Instead of fear, I switched to the feeling that if it was coming, I had no choice but to face it.”
The climber also provided an explanation as to why the bear may have acted aggressively.
“Looking back at the video, it seems that the bear attacked me to protect the cub,” the climber said. “I invaded bear territory, but since they attacked me, I defended myself with self defense.”
Though your first instinct when confronted with an actual bear encounter might be to run away, the US National Parks Service advises to “fight back with everything you have” if a black bear charges and attacks. “Do not play dead. Direct punches and kicks at the bear’s face, and use any weapon like rocks, branches, or bear spray to defend yourself,” the authority explained.
As reported on ManofMany,
Two bear species live in Japan: the Asiatic black bear and the brown bear. We can assume that the furry fella in this video was the former, as brown bears are found only on the island of Hokkaido. Weighing up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds), Asiatic bears live primarily in East Asia’s hilly forests and mountains. According to Bear Conservation, they do have a reputation for being particularly aggressive towards humans.
Watch below to see the terrifying encounter:
This mountain climber fighting off this bear is WILD!!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/1XEohWioaP
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