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Agartala: A 45-year-woman was attacked by a wild bear at Laxmicherra, a village in the South Tripura district. The victim went to gather forest tubers and vegetables according to her daily routine. Hearing the hue and cry raised by the victim, local youths rushed to the spot and shifted her to the district hospital, from where she was referred to GB Pant hospital, Agartala.

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A video of her recovery by the local youth showed the blood-soaked woman, Mousanti Reang, screaming in unbearable pain; she lost her eyes and sustained grievous injuries on her face and other body parts.

Swapna Reang, a neighbour of the victim, said, “She went to collect forest vegetables and tubers like every day, but did not return. Sensing trouble, local youth rushed to the spot and found her lying in the pool of blood and screaming aloud in pain. The locals noticed that she was attacked by a wild bear and both her eyes were knocked out by the predator. She sustained sharp cuts on her face and other parts of the body.”

The locals, she said, wasting no time, shifted her to South Tripura District hospital, but the doctors referred her to GBP hospital, observing her deteriorating health conditions. All the preliminary medications have been administered to the patient, but her condition is still critical, said the doctor. Meanwhile, a team of forest officials also reached the spot of occurrence to investigate the matter.

“A team of forest personnel has visited the spot, and prima facie evidence suggests that it is a bear attack. None of the villagers has spotted the animal, but the villagers believe that wild bears often stray out of the deep forests for water and food. The way her eyes were attacked also strengthens the argument of a bear attack,” said sub-divisional Forest Officer Babul Mog.

He said some parts of the area are close to the Devtamura reserve and the presence of wild bears can’t be ruled out in those forest patches. Locals said, earlier two cows were similarly attacked as the domesticated animals went deep inside the forest while grazing.

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