‘Bearfie’ Gone Wrong: Indian Man Loses His Life After Trying To Take A Selfie With An Injured Bear

Taking pictures is the most practical way of preserving memories, especially with the advent of the internet and smart devices. With just one click, precious moments can be captured and relived several years after.

However, the adoption of front facing cameras on mobile devices and the advent of selfies have changed the game to dangerous extents. There are more accidents related to selfies now than ever.

16-year-old Kailee Mills from Houston, Texas lost her life in a tragic car accident after she took off her seatbelt to take a selfie while the car was in motion. And her story is but one of the many.

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‘Bearfie’ gone wrong

Prabhu Bhatara from Odisha’s Nabarangpur district in India was returning to Papadahandi when he spotted a wounded bear. Bhatara was in company of several other people who were guests at a wedding.

Defying concerns raised by his fellow travelers, Bhatara decided to pose for a selfie with a bear. It proved to be a fatal mistake. Bhatara got too close to the distraught animal, and it lunged at him. Although Batara tried to escape, he was run down by a bear. Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said “Bhatara died on the spot.”

This is just one of a string of deaths caused by animal-related selfies in Odisha during the past 12 months. In December, a young man in Angul district was trampled by a wild elephant when he tried to take a selfie with the animal. Earlier in September, another young man was killed, this time in Rourkela, by a wild elephant.

Locals are constantly warned about approaching wild animals, but these warnings often go unheeded with dire consequences.

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Get rid of selfie addictions

Many people find a need to impress their followers on social media by taking and sharing selfies. And for some, the more titillating the selfie, the higher the thrill. But selfie addiction is starting to be a problem, and the dangers associated with extreme selfies are very real.

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But how can a person figure if they have a selfie addiction? The answer is quite simple. If you scroll through your phone and count more selfies than any other kinds of pictures, you’re likely an addict. Also, when taking selfies distracts you from enjoying life moments, it is a sure sign of addiction.

To curb obsessing over selfies, simply limit the number of times you raise a camera to your face. And try taking more pictures of other things besides yourself. You can give yourself a trial window to check results and, perhaps, make further adjustments.

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