Copenhagen Zoo polar bear

According to media reports Wednesday, a man jumped inside a polar bear pit at the Copenhagen Zoo, forcing zookeepers to fire rubber bullets at the bear so they could rescue him.


The man leaped into the enclosure as guests, including children, were watching the 10-year-old bear.

Zoo staffers at first yelled to distract the animal from his potential prey before others with firearms arrived, firing rubber bullets to get the huge animal to back off.

Once the bear returned to its cage, zoo employees entered the enclosure to rescue the intruder.

“He walked up to the male bear of his own free will” but was able to get away with “only superficial wounds,” said park manager Steffen Straede.

The man, reportedly in his 20s, was not identified and his motive for entering the enclosure was unclear.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

In July 2012, Siberian tigers fatally mauled a 21-year-old Afghan-born man inside an enclosure at the same zoo.

Copenhagen Zoo polar bear

Copenhagen Zoo polar bear