Video: Wild bear shot after running amok in Russian shopping centre
Wild bear wanders through shopping mall in Russia close to Chinese border
A wild bear has wandered through a shopping mall in Russia's Far East before being shot and killed by police.
Local TV channel MestoproTV released a video on Wednesday that showed the bear smashing a window and roaming around the mall. It then ran to a nearby playground in the city of Khabarovsk close to the Chinese border.
On exit, the bear pushed open the store's doors and barreled down the street. The video showed camouflaged law enforcement officer pursue the animal and shoot it dead on the playground.
No injuries were reported.
The Investigative Committee, Russia's main state investigative agency, has launched a probe into the legitimacy of police action.
The television report said the bear was between 2 and 3 years old, making it a teenager in bear years.
“We can conclude that the inexperienced bear decided to swim across the Amur River in search of a den,” Andrey Mamayev, head of the state hunting monitoring agency told Russia Today.
Natalya Kovalenko, an animal activist said: “The choice here was obvious: they had to act fast to avoid human casualties.”