Investigators believe the four-year-old female planned to return and eat her
A Russian woman has been buried alive by a bear which was apparently saving her for its next meal after attacking and seriously injuring her.
Mother-of-two Natalya Pasternak, 55, had a miracle escape after her friend managed to flee the forest near Tynda in the Amur region and raise the alarm.
Having left her with serious injuries, the bear mistakenly believed the postal worker to be dead and partially buried her beneath a pile of leaves – apparently planning to return later and eat her.
But having been rescued alive, the woman is now fighting for her life in nearby Tynda Hospital.
A shocking photograph taken by police shows Mrs Pasternak lying under the pile of foliage where the bear had buried her. Here clawed and bloodied arm is visible in the picture.
The bear pounced as the woman and her friend were collecting birch sap in a forest near Tynda, which is located in the far east of Russia.