Father and daughter 'eaten alive' by mother bear and cubs in Russia

Ruth Doherty

A man and his stepdaughter have been killed by a mother and her three young cubs in Russia.

Olga Moskalyova, 19, from the village of Termalniy, near Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy in far eastern Siberia, gave her mother an horrific hour-long commentary of her own death over her mobile phone.

She had witnessed the bear attack her stepfather, Igor Tsyganenkov, as they were fishing by a river, and fled.

But the mother bear chased her for 70 yards, before catching her by the leg.

Olga, a trainee psychologist, managed to call her mother, Tatiana, several times during the attack.

According to the Daily Mail, she screamed: 'Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, it's such agony. Mum, help!'

Tatiana revealed that she initially thought her daughter was joking, but then heard the bear growling and 'chewing'. She added: 'I could have died then and there from shock.'

Olga called back a couple of times until, an hour later, she made her last call when the bears had apparently left her, saying: 'Mum, it's not hurting any more. I don't feel the pain. Forgive me for everything, I love you so much.'

Her distraught mother called the police, who arrived at the scene half an hour later with six hunters sent in to destroy the bears, only to find them still feeding on Igor's body.

Tatiana described her daughter as 'fun, warm and friendly', saying she had everything to look forward to.

Bear attacks are on the rise in Russia, where the hungry animals are searching out food in areas where humans have moved into their space.

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