Igor Vorozhbitsyn, a Russian fisherman, says he was being attacked by a bear and almost lost his life — until his Justin Bieber ringtone saved him from the beast’s grasp. Vorozhbitsyn, 42, said he was fishing in the Yakutia Republic in Siberia when a bear suddenly attacked him.
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“I had parked my car and was walking towards the spot I’d marked out when there was a tremendous impact on my back and the bear was on top of me,” Vorozhbitsyn told Central European News.
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He said the bear was ready to kill him when his phone unexpectedly started ringing. The bear bolted upon hearing his ringtone, which was set to Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
Vorozhbitsyn said he assumed the bear was scared by the ringtone, but Buzzfeed offered another theory: Maybe the bear is a fan of Bieber and “wanted to go easy on a fellow Belieber.” An expert said the bear was likely scared, though.
“Sometimes a sharp shock can stop an angry bear in its tracks, and that ringtone would be a very unexpected sound for a bear,” a scientist told Central European News.
Regardless of the reason, Vorozhbitsyn said he’s lucky the ringtone he used as a joke saved his life.
“I couldn’t believe my luck when the phone went off and he fled,” he said. “I know that sort of ringtone isn’t to everyone’s taste, but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke.”
Vorozhbitsyn said he called for help after the bear ran away and was rescued by fellow fisherman. He suffered cuts and bruises on his face and chest in the attack, evident in a photo posted online Wednesday.
Justin Bieber has not issued a comment about breaking up the fight between Igor Vorozhbitsyn and the bear, but we’re glad one scrap was squashed by Bieb this week.