An man was eaten alive in a savage bear attack shortly after joking about being mauled to death.
Alexander Korneyev, 66, was picking up wild mushrooms at a forest in eastern Russia just outside Suluk village, when a brown bear pounced on him.
Armed with only a penknife, he tried to fight of the beast but was unable to fend off the attack and was lacerated.
The man, a retired railway construction worker, was later found dead with “no single untouched spot” as the bear had eaten him alive.
Local workers found his mutilated remains on a dirt track near Suluk village, 250 miles northeast of Khabarovsk.
The bear was later hunted down and shot with the victim’s remains still present in the bear’s stomach.
A shocking video shows the remains of the beast in the forest vegetation.
Head of the local village council Sergey Ryabov said: “There was blood everywhere.
“His penknife was broken in half, and there were signs of a fight.”
The village, located 5,300 miles of Moscow, has never witnessed a bear attack before.
Mr Ryabov said: “His body was lying face down. There was no single untouched spot.”
Shortly before the attack, Alexander called his wife who was staying at the couple’s home in a nearby town.
He told her: “I’m going to pick mushrooms. If I don’t call you again by 10am, it means I’ve been eaten by a bear.”
Mr Ryabov said: “It was a joke but he evoked evil with his words.”
Police are now probing the man’s death.
Locals have reported a rise in the number of bears roaming the area in recent weeks, with increased sightings across Siberia and the Far East of Russia.
This is caused by raging wild fires and a shortage of prey for bears in some districts.
Authorities have put up signs warning residents against picking mushrooms or venturing out into the forest.