YAKUTIA, RUSSIA — Viral footage of a Russian bear being beaten and run over by a truck is sparking outrage online.
According to the Siberian Times, the video was captured in Yakutia in Northeastern Russia.
The cellphone footage shows the bear running from Ural trucks, before it gets run over and squashed. It survives, but one of the men then mercilessly beats it to death with a crowbar.
Reaction to footage of the assault was split among Russian netizens, reported the Siberian times. Some said the killing was justified because the bear could have attacked people, others suggest the men provoked the creature.
Russian authorities have reportedly opened a criminal investigation and are seeking those behind the brutal video.