Swiss man amputates arm to escape bear attack in Thailand

By Nam Phuong   January 30, 2024 | 01:34 am PT
Stefan Claudio Specogna, a 32-year-old Swiss man volunteering in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, was forced to amputate his own arm after a black bear bit him.

The incident occurred on Jan. 25 when Specogna was feeding the bear by reaching into its cage, and it latched onto his arm, as reported by the Bangkok Post.

In a desperate attempt to free himself and fearing for his life, Specogna used a knife to sever his arm from the bear's grasp.

Asian black bear. Photo from Freepik.

An Asian black bear. Illustration photo from Freepik

Bystanders provided first aid and quickly transported him to Chiang Dao Hospital, with severe injuries to his arm below the elbow.

He was later moved to a private hospital in Chiang Mai, the region's largest city, as per The Sun’s report.

The missing part of the arm was found in a shredded condition.

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