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VIDEO: Pet cat faces down a wild brown bear in Siberian fishing camp

You feline lucky punk? Moment fearless cat Vasya sees off a wild bear after it wanders into its owner’s camp

  • Vasya the hero cat was with its owner and her friends in a Siberian fishing camp
  • As they were sat around a camp fire, a wild brown bear approached the group
  • Vasya stood between the camp and the bear, hissing and arching its back
  • Amazingly, despite the bear standing on his hind legs, Vasya refused to budge  

An astonishing video shows a domestic cat scaring away a fierce wild brown bear in Siberia.

The pet, called Vasya, was on a fishing trip with its female owner, and the predator approached as a group of anglers were drinking around a campfire.

The cat arched its back, and eyeballed the beast, refusing to budge even when the bear threateningly thrust its paws towards her before standing tall on its hind legs.

This is the moment Vasya the hero cat stands up to a large brown bear which was approaching a Siberian fishing camp where the pet’s owner was drinking with friends around a fire

The fishermen filmed Vasya who refused to back down even though the bear got onto its hind legs in a threatening gesture

The fishermen filmed Vasya who refused to back down even though the bear got onto its hind legs in a threatening gesture 

After being confronted by the pet cat the bear retreated back into the woods

After being confronted by the pet cat the bear retreated back into the woods 

The animals were just inches apart with the cat showing no weakness despite the imminent danger.

In the footage, the group shout at the cat : ‘Don’t do it Vasya… Calm down, Vasya.’

They expected the cat to run for its life. One voice says: ‘Look at it, standing in a fighting position…it’s a true Armageddon.’

The owner is heard shouting to the bear: ‘My cat, don’t touch it… Vasya, come here right now.’

The voice says: ‘I hope the bear won’t eat it. The cat is truly fearless.’

The brave black cat was implacable in the face of the bear, which is then seen retreating from the camp in the video filmed by angler Sergey Tarasov in the camp beside the Angara River near Ust-Ilimsk in Irkutsk region.

Local media reported: ‘The black cat wins the battle of wills as it stands between its owners and the predator.’

According to the Siberian Times, the cat’s owner, who has not been identified, said during the encounter: ‘Look at it, it just keeps standing up, and it doesn’t even move! I didn’t know I had such a fearless cat!’

A friend replied: ‘Yes, and you scold it (at home) for tearing wallpaper!’ 

After the bear runs from the camp, one of the fishermen adds: ‘Well done Vasily Vasilyevich! This is it, you are on the front page! The biggest piece of meat is yours!’

One of those in the camp said the cat is now in line for the biggest piece of meat due to his bravery in facing down the bear

One of those in the camp said the cat is now in line for the biggest piece of meat due to his bravery in facing down the bear 

When the video was first shared online in Russia some people questioned why the anglers were so relaxed when a bear wandered into their camp.

A friend, Vladimir Vlasov, answered that it was not just down to the alcohol they had consumed.

He said: ‘Do you think they were supposed to stand up or run? Then the bear would have definitely chased them.

‘My friends were by the fire, and were ready to use it (against the bear). Bears will not usually go towards fires, plus the smell of smoke scares them.

‘I’d say well done to my friends for behaving calmly. They didn’t twitch, nor wave their hands.’

Vlaslov added: ‘The cat stood between the owners and the bear – well done!

‘No matter how small the cat is, its threatening posture and sound scare away large animals.’

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