Hundreds of animal lovers have been left devastated after footage has circulated in which a bear and her cub are gunned down after being spotted sitting on the deck of a military vessel in Russia.
A heartbreaking video has been circulating online which shows as a bear and her cub being shot dead as they managed to board a nuclear submarine.
Animal lovers have accused the Russian navy of cruelty, with one furious viewer branding the navy as “animals”, reports BBC News.
The clip is believed to have been taken close to the Vilyuchinsk navy base in the eastern Kamchatka region and shows the bears falling into the water after being gunned down.
Earlier on, they had been spotted on the deck of the military vessel, which prompted military bosses to call upon a marksman.
In the clip, a voice is heard saying: “There’s no other way.
“If you chase it out, it’ll wander into the villages. That’s how you fight bears in Kamchatka.”
Many social media users said that it was unnecessary cruelty to kill the bears, which had been seen as they swam up to the moored submarine.
A Pacific Fleet spokesman told Interfax news agency: “To neutralize wild animals that pose a danger to humans, a hunting instructor was called.
“Using specialised hunting weapons, they shot the bears.”
The Moscow Times has reported on the issue, stating that the animals were spotted around nearby villages days before. Locals had been forced to chase them away.
The outlet’s report said that have been around 50 bear shootings in the region this year, so far.
In other news, footage has circulated online in which a young boy showed an astonishing reaction to being stalked by a bear – as he handled it much better than some adults would have!