Bangkok Expat Life https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com Local city guide of Bangkok for expats, travellers, tourists and local residents in Thailand Sun, 07 Jul 2019 16:03:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Bagan wins World Heritage status https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/07/bagan-wins-world-heritage-status/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/07/bagan-wins-world-heritage-status/#respond Sun, 07 Jul 2019 15:58:01 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14958 Unesco approves listing of ancient Myanmar capital a quarter century after first nomination YANGON: UNESCO has declared Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was...

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Unesco approves listing of ancient Myanmar capital a quarter century after first nomination

YANGON: UNESCO has declared Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was first nominated for listing.

The decision recognizes the importance of the central Myanmar site – which includes more than 3,500 stupas, temples, monasteries and other structures built between the 11th and 13th centuries – and will likely be a boon to Myanmar’s tourist industry.

Myanmar proposal to list the site was approved at a meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites recommended the listing, noting that Myanmar had adopted a new heritage law and had formed plans to reduce the impact of hotels and tourism developments around the temple.

Myanmar had reversed some “inappropriate conservation interventions”, the body said, noting that Bagan was important for its historical significance and as a place of continuing Buddhist worship.

Bagan was first nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995, but the military junta that ruled the country at the time was accused of ignoring experts’ advice on restoration efforts and the nomination was rejected.

Earthquakes have also damaged the ancient structures, most recently in 2016 when nearly 200 temples were damaged by a 6.8 magnitude quake. Myanmar has renewed efforts to list the site since a transition from military rule began in 2011.

“Bagan is living heritage, having endured all forms of challenges for more than a thousand years,” said Myanmar diplomat Kyaw Zeya, speaking on behalf of the Myanmar delegation at the Baku meeting.

“Today we are celebrating the joyous moment of the successful inscription of Bagan in the World Heritage List. Afterwards we will continue our efforts on conservation and management of Bagan so that this treasured heritage will remain for another thousand years.”

 

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Train service to Cambodian border to start tomorrow, 1 July https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/train-service-to-cambodian-border-to-start-tomorrow-1-july/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/train-service-to-cambodian-border-to-start-tomorrow-1-july/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:43:50 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14953 The new daily train service between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luk border station in Sa Kaeo province will start running on July 1, the State Railway of Thailand announced. There will be four trips a day, two in each direction,...

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The new daily train service between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luk border station in Sa Kaeo province will start running on July 1, the State Railway of Thailand announced.

There will be four trips a day, two in each direction, acting SRT governor Worawut Mala said on Tuesday.

Ordinary passenger train No 275 will depart Bangkok for Aranyaprathet and Klong Luk at 5.55am and arrive at the border station at 11.17am.

Ordinary passenger train No 279 will operate on the same route, leaving Bangkok at 1.05pm, reaching the border station at 5.27pm.

Inbound, ordinary passenger train No 280 will depart Klong Luk station (Rong Kluea market) at 6.58am, arriving in Bangkok at 12.05pm, and ordinary passenger train No 276 will depart the border station at 1.53pm, arriving in Bangkok at 7.40pm.

Mr Worawut said Thailand and Cambodia earlier signed an agreement to jointly operate the train service linking the two countries.

The SRT had provided four diesel-powered trains and opened the Ban Klong Luk border station on April 22.

He predicted the new service would facilitate the travels of Thai and foreign tourists wanting to cross the border.

A railway official said later the adult fare between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luk station would be 49 baht each way.

For advanced ticket bookings or further information, traveller cancontact the SRT customs service via hotline 1690 around the clock or website, www.railway.co.th or @pr.railway Facebook page.

It is not known when Cambodia will begin operating trains from adjoining Poi Pet.

Train services between the two countries were terminated 45 years ago, amid conflict arising from the civil war in Cambodia.

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A durian fair is significantly spurring economy in Si Sa Ket, a remote and rather poor province in northeast Thailand.

“To date, durian sales from the fair have already been Bt13million past,” said Si Sa Ket Governor Weerasak Wijitsaengsri on Friday. The Durian Fair, the Lava Durian Fair will likely boost domestic gross domestic products by more than 10 per cent. He said Si Sae used to rank 71st out of 77 Thai provinces in terms of GDP. “But judging by our current, vibrant economy, we should rank better by the end of the year.”

Weerasak said the Lava Durian Fair – which is held between June 20 and 30 – has attracted many tourists. “Apart from sales at the fair, tourists also generate revenue,” said Weerasak. He believes that the generated flow of cash is more than Bt100 million. Si Sa Ket’s agricultural chief Sawang Kalapat said tourists did not just have fun.

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A pair of 200-years old durian Takien Thong trees in Chumpon added to Thailand’s National Heritage List https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/a-pair-of-200-years-old-durian-takien-thong-trees-in-chumpon-added-to-thailands-national-heritage-list/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/a-pair-of-200-years-old-durian-takien-thong-trees-in-chumpon-added-to-thailands-national-heritage-list/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:35:55 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14947 The Thai Ministry of Culture has declared one durian tree and one takien thong tree, both about 200 years old in Patoh district of the southern province of Chumpon, to be part of the country’s national heritage, to remind people...

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The Thai Ministry of Culture has declared one durian tree and one takien thong tree, both about 200 years old in Patoh district of the southern province of Chumpon, to be part of the country’s national heritage, to remind people of the value of trees.

Culture Minister Veera Rotepojanarat went to Patoh district today (Thursday) to preside over the “ordination” ceremony for the two old trees in Tambon Patoh. The ceremony also featured an exhibition, created by officials from the Forestry Department, of forest products, the making of Thai sweets and how to preserve trees.

The local species of durian tree, called Khi Let, is about 45 metres tall and the trunk has a 4-metre circumference. The takien thong tree is about 40 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of about 7.5 metres.

Mrs. Wilai Prommanee, a provincial culture official, explained that, for a tree to be declared part of the national heritage it must be a native species and have a history. The durian tree is believed to be the first of the Khi Le species to be introduced into Chumpon about 200 years ago.

There are also more than 10 rare, large durian trees in Patoh district, which is well known for rafting on Khlong Patoh.

So far this year, 88 trees of different species have been declared part of Thailand’s national heritage.

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Female pickpocket gang in London caught on camera stealing Thai tourist’s purse https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/female-pickpocket-gang-in-london-caught-on-camera-stealing-thai-tourists-purse/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/female-pickpocket-gang-in-london-caught-on-camera-stealing-thai-tourists-purse/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:33:47 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14944 A female pick pocket has been caught on camera stealing from two Thai tourists in London. Nina Spencer, 51, and Toi McGurran, 51, were walking towards the Palace Theatre in London’s West End while making a video to share to...

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A female pick pocket has been caught on camera stealing from two Thai tourists in London.

Nina Spencer, 51, and Toi McGurran, 51, were walking towards the Palace Theatre in London’s West End while making a video to share to their friends.

But after they crossed the road Toi realised that her purse containing £400 in cash and credit cards were missing from her handbag.

It wasn’t until the Nina and Toi watched the video back that they realised what had happened.

The footage shows three women walking closely behind Nina and Toi.

One woman appears to shield the other’s hand as she reaches into the bag and grabs the purse.

The purse is then handed to another woman before all three walk off quickly in the same direction.

Nina reported the theft to the police but they haven’t yet been able to return the purse.

Speaking to The Sun, Nina said: ‘We reported this to the police straight away. They asked me for the location where it happened and we sent them the video of it.

“We don’t think it’s possible to have the money back now. But we just want to be helpful and let the police be aware of things going on in the city.”

Nina lives in the UK with her British husband. Toi was recently visiting Nina on holiday from Thailand and the pair decided to visit London.

Nina said the incident ruined their trip and left them disappointed with their experience of London.

”It’s sad that this had to spoil our trip. I hope the police can catch them so that it doesn’t happen to other people”, she said.

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Stateless student wins consolation prize from US’s Genius Olympiad program https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/stateless-student-wins-consolation-prize-from-uss-genius-olympiad-program/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/stateless-student-wins-consolation-prize-from-uss-genius-olympiad-program/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:31:41 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14941 A stateless high-school girl, from Thailand’s southern province of Ranong, has won a consolation award from the Genius Olympiad program held recently in the United States. Ms. Yonladee “Ploy” Phiyatat, a Mathayom 5 student at Satri Ranong School, told Thai...

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A stateless high-school girl, from Thailand’s southern province of Ranong, has won a consolation award from the Genius Olympiad program held recently in the United States.

Ms. Yonladee “Ploy” Phiyatat, a Mathayom 5 student at Satri Ranong School, told Thai PBS that she has received a certificate approving her consolation prize in the field of scientific technology from the Genius Olympiad program, in which representatives from 79 countries and 43 states in the US compete.

She admitted that the competition was tough and she was afraid that she might disappoint many of her supporters, but promised to do better the next time.

Mrs. Monrat Ammorndara, a teacher at her school, who is also the girl’s step mother, said that, although the prize was not a big one, it was important for the development of learning and teamwork.

She thanked all concerned who made it possible for Nong Ploy to realize her dream to compete in the Genius Olympiad.

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Taxis who reject passengers will now face bigger fines https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/taxis-who-reject-passengers-will-now-face-bigger-fines/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/taxis-who-reject-passengers-will-now-face-bigger-fines/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:29:02 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14938 BANGKOK — Bangkokians rejoice! Cabbies who refuse passengers will be subject to heavier fines under a new legal amendment, officials said Monday. In an attempt to scour a nuisance nearly every commuter has encountered, Land Transport Department deputy director Tanee...

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BANGKOK — Bangkokians rejoice! Cabbies who refuse passengers will be subject to heavier fines under a new legal amendment, officials said Monday.

In an attempt to scour a nuisance nearly every commuter has encountered, Land Transport Department deputy director Tanee Suebrerk said the current fine of 2,000 baht will be raised to 5,000 baht. His comments came the same day a group of cabbies staged a protest to demand tougher action against alternative online taxi services.

Explaining the proposed amendment, Tanee said his department wants to bring taxi regulations in line with those for other public transport like buses and vans.

“Currently, taxis face light penalties, even though they are also public transport,” he said.

Under the new rule, owners of vehicles rented out to violating taxi drivers will also face a maximum fine of 50,000 baht. The official said the tougher fines are part of broader reforms to the 1979 traffic law being deliberated by Parliament.

Although illegal, being rejected by taxi drivers who prefer to drive a short distance or pick up gullible foreign tourists is a common occurrence in Bangkok. The experience has driven some commuters to resort to ridesharing via applications like GrabCar, though such services remain in legal limbo.

On the same day, representatives of taxi driver guilds staged a rally to oppose a pledge made by a party in the governing coalition to legalize GrabCar and other similar services.

Speaking at a protest in front of Bhumjaithai Party headquarters, a leader of a taxi driver association said the proposal, if implemented, will impose unfair competition on taxi drivers who have to comply with the state’s extensive regulations.

“It’s a good policy, but our [association] believes it may negatively impact taxi drivers,” Withoon Naewpanich said.

A representative from Bhumjaithai Party told the protesters he will pass their suggestions to party leader Anutin Charnvirakul.

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Siam Square’s Lido Connect to officially open on 30 July 2019 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/siam-squares-lido-connect-to-officially-open-on-30-july-2019/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/siam-squares-lido-connect-to-officially-open-on-30-july-2019/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 14:26:49 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14932 Siam Square’s former Lido cinema is offically set to reopen as Lido Connect this July. Though the grand opening will take place on Jul 30, the new creative space will be in soft opening as early as Jul 13. Since ceasing operations after 50 years...

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Siam Square’s former Lido cinema is offically set to reopen as Lido Connect this July. Though the grand opening will take place on Jul 30, the new creative space will be in soft opening as early as Jul 13.

Since ceasing operations after 50 years in June 2018, the cinema has undergone a major refurbishment courtesy of record label Loveis Entertainment, and the Property Management of Chulalongkorn University (PMCU, which owns the land at Siam Square).

Though the new design is set to pay homage to the charming, old-school theater it replaces, it will function as a “co-cultural” space for live performances, temporary exhibitions, performing arts, fashion and technology showcases.

As reported by A Day, last Saturday (Jun 22) was an historic moment for the development, as it saw the installation of the new Lido Connect sign—proof that the project, originally slated to launch in May, is finally nearing completion.

 

Talking at a press conference back in Dec 18, assoc. prof. Wisanu Subsompon, Ph.D., vice president of PMCU, said: “Lido Connect is not founded to make the highest profit. With Loveis, we are able to create opportunities for music, performance and other aspects of cultural arts sustainable.”

True to their word, they have announced that applications are now open for “The Opportunity Space Project,” which will invite talented artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancer, photographers, fashion designers and more to exhibit in the new Lido Connect free of charge. Solo applicants can enter here, while groups should apply here.

Inside the refurbished building, you can expect to find a cinema plus two halls for talks and performances on the second floor, while the first floor will be reserved for The Opportunity Space Project, student projects and workshops. There will also be an outdoor stage for music and dance performances.

Stay tuned for further updates.



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Lido Multiplex to reopen as a hub of arts, culture and lifestyle https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/lido-multiplex-to-reopen-as-a-hub-of-arts-culture-and-lifestyle/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/lido-multiplex-to-reopen-as-a-hub-of-arts-culture-and-lifestyle/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 12:28:51 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14920 An exhibition space, Blackbox theatre and concert hall are coming to the shuttered cinema in Siam Square Lido cinema in Siam Square, which closed its doors last June after 50 years in operation, is getting a new lease of life...

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An exhibition space, Blackbox theatre and concert hall are coming to the shuttered cinema in Siam Square

Lido cinema in Siam Square, which closed its doors last June after 50 years in operation, is getting a new lease of life courtesy of LoveIs Entertainment, which is working with Property Management of Chulalongkorn University (PMCU) to turn it into a modern hub of arts, culture and lifestyle under the name Lido Connect.

 

 

From left: Nop Ponchamni, Thepard Kawinanan, Vorrapong Sukteera-anantachai,director of Chulalongkorn University’s property management office, and Boyd Kosiyabong are bringing the Lido back to life.

 

“Siam Square is a destination everyone knows and it’s well served by public transport. Lido has been here for more than 50 years, and we have given a lot of thought as to how we can best develop it so that it suits the needs of all lifestyles. We would like this area to be a stage for young people to show off their abilities. Did you know that Nop Ponchamni once busked here but was later banned? We are collaborating with LoveIs to pool our different creative ideas. Bakery Music was set up in Siam Square,” says Assoc Prof Dr Wisanu Subsompon of PMCU, which is responsible for Siam Square and Sam Yan.

“We are determined to offer everyone the chance to show off his or her abilities and to serve as a venue where people can find inspiration and meet their favourite artists,” he continues.

The first floor is being turned into an event space.

 

“We are very excited to be a part of this project, not least because Boyd and I have witnessed the development of Siam Square over the last few decades,” adds Thep-ard Kawin-anan, chief executive of LoveIs Entertainment.

“When we were young, there was nowhere we could promote our abilities in music, art or performance. So I was delighted when we were approached to be part of the project.”

Boyd Kosiyabong, the founder of LoveIs, agrees. “Lido holds so many memories. It was here that I saw the movie ‘Jaws’ for the first time. I walked through here every day to get to the Bakery Music offices.

“We will be neutral and welcoming no matter who or what you are. It can be a movie studio, a recording studio or even a church. We would like everyone in this society to make the use of this prime area at student prices. After hearing about this project, I told Wisanu it was really a great idea to open up this prime area to everyone.

“Lido Connect isn’t only for watching a movie but also live performance.” – Prisatorn “Aoo” Sakoonthai, design director of PIA Interior

 

“Siam Square has always been a hangout for teenagers and at Bakery Music that helped us to know what kind of music they were listening to and what they were doing. At Dojo City, a subsidiary of Bakery Music, Somkiat Ariyachaipanich kept an eye on the students after school and some of them went on to become the label’s artists. The area is synonymous with innovation and creativity,” he adds.

Lido was officially launched on June 27, 1968, two years after Siam and one year before Scala. A 1,000-seat cinema, it kicked off by screening the British action film “Guns for San Sebastian.” Its name was taken from Le Lido, a cabaret and burlesque on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Fire broke out at the cinema on March 16, 1993 and it was later renovated as a cineplex featuring three theatres with the ground level divided into several shops. But Apex Production’s lease with PMCU came to an end on May 31 last year and the cinema closed its doors, much to the dismay of its many fans.

When Lido Connect reopens, probably as early as this year, those same fans will be delighted to see that the decades-old building will have lost none of its appeal. The university is spending Bt50 million on infrastructure and the developers are adding further Bt30-40 million to give the interior a ’90’s feel.

“I’m really excited about this project,” Prisatorn “Aoo” Sakoonthai, design director of PIA Interior Company told the media during his VTR presentation at the press conference of “Lido: Change to Unchange”.

The blackbox theatre is for performing art.

 

“We’ve thought long and hard how to renovate the building while maintaining its classic feel. As you all know, Lido was renovated after the fire and became three cinemas. We asked Apex Production’s Nanta Tansajja to borrow the blueprint of the Lido plan. We are sticking to much of the original design but giving it a better look and more utilities.

The first floor is being turned into a “Co-inspiring Space” and will be able to host every type of event.

Lido shop will offer products from several events.

 

“We have expanded this public area as a kind of showroom for creators to show off their abilities in what we are calling street events. People waiting for a bus can take a seat and watch the show or activity. This area is the heart of Lido and that makes it a perfect venue for new generation innovators and designers to expose their creations to the public,” the young design director explains.

The restrooms have been expanded.

The second floor will be a “Co-performing Space” and the venue for live performances such as music, performing art, design or even esports. The first theatre is suitable for one-man shows, while the second will serve as a kind of live house. The third is being converted into a blackbox theatre suitable for performing art and talk shows.

“We will keep the original neon sign and the entrance sign and add better lighting and acoustic systems. We will have a Lido shop to provide for all events to be organised here. We would like Lido Connect to be instilled in the collective memory of the new generation,” says Prisatorn.

“Our aim is encourage people to spend their leisure time here watching live performances, concerts and theatre plays.”

 

Let’s talk Lido

Here’s what a few well-known personalities have to say about the project.

Trisdee “Pizza” na Patalung, classical conductor of Siam Sinfonietta

“I was excited by the presentation. All the areas can be used by different groups in the field of classical music. That’s especially important today with so many small chamber orchestras or new duo emerging on the scene. This place is perfect for them.”

Natasha “Ong” Patamapongs of jazz band Mellow Motif, jazz producer and artist

“We are still a small community in jazz and there are many young groups who want to present their work but lack the stage to do so. Lido is in the right hands.”

Damkerng “Big” Thitapiyasak, artistic director of New Theatre Society

“I am so glad to have this area right in the heart of the city. As Bangkok Theatre Network, we have used everything from restaurants to abandoned buildings for our works. I think that it is a very good space especially the blackbox theatre, which theatre troupes can create their stage.”

Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya, director of movies such as “Bad Genius”

“Three cinemas Lido, Siam and Scala are like my school, and I was so sad when I heard that Lido was to be demolished. Now, of course, I’m thrilled to know that Lido is coming back with a new look. It’s going to be a great place for people to work in all categories of arts.”

 

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Russian survives being KIDNAPPED by a Bear and held for a month (WARNING: Graphic) https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/russian-survives-being-kidnapped-by-a-bear-and-held-for-a-month-warning-graphic/ https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/2019/06/russian-survives-being-kidnapped-by-a-bear-and-held-for-a-month-warning-graphic/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 12:18:06 +0000 https://www.bangkokexpatlife.com/?p=14914 A Russian man ‘looking like a mummy’ is rescued after spending a MONTH inside a bear den after the predator broke his spine and saved him for a future meal A Russian man looking like a living corpse has been...

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A Russian man ‘looking like a mummy’ is rescued after spending a MONTH inside a bear den after the predator broke his spine and saved him for a future meal

A Russian man looking like a living corpse has been rescued from a bear den after he claims the animal broke his back and left him there for a month.

The man, who identified himself only as Alexander, was discovered by hunting dogs in Russia’s remote Tuva region, close to the border with Mongolia, local media says.

Initially the hunters thought the body had been mummified by the dry air but were stunned to discover that the man was still alive.

 

 

 

 

Shocking video shows how Alexander’s face and body were encrusted with dried blood and dirt, his was skin a deathly white colour, and his dull eyes were barely able to open.

At one point, medics speaking Russian – rather than the local Tuvan language – ask the man his name, prompting him to open his eyes and reply ‘Alexander’.

 

Medics say he can hardly move his arms, barely open his eyes, and speak – but is otherwise immobile and exhausted. It is not clear exactly when Alexander was found, but he has told doctors the attack happened roughly a month ago. Brown bears have been known to partially or completely bury animals they kill or carrion they find, sometimes waiting for days or weeks before returning to it.

Ivan V. Seryodkin, of the Russian academy of sciences, has theorized that they do this to keep prey hidden from other scavengers while the meat decomposes and becomes ‘ripe’, making it easier for them to eat.

Alexander said that his drank his own urine to stay alive while fearing that the bear could come back at any moment to finish him off. Doctors said it was a ‘miracle’ that he wasn’t killed and admit that they aren’t sure how he was able to survive for so long.

A Russian man, who only gave his named as Alexander, was found alive inside a brown bear den in eastern Russia along the border with Mongolia

 

He was only discovered after a group of hunters passed the cave and their dogs ran inside before refusing to move on. The hunters checked inside the lair and saw what they believed was a human mummy – until they released Alexander was alive.

Local reports said that the man remembers his first name but not his surname or age.

A hospital video shows the bearded man opening his blue eyes and confirming his first name.

He was described as having ‘severe injuries and rotting tissue’ from lying motionless for so long in the den.

‘Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries,’ said the report.

How brown bears hide their prey

The brown bear is one of the world’s most common bear species and is found across a wide range, stretching from central and eastern Europe right across Russia and into Alaska, Canada, and parts of North America.

Alexander said that the large animal had overpowered him and saved him as food for later

 

The bears will hunt and eat almost anything that carries a scent, feeding on leaves, fruit, roots, fish and other land animals which they hunt themselves or find as carrion. Bears have been known to bury their prey for later consumption, which researcher theorize is to hide it from other predators and to allow it to decompose, making it easier to eat.

Brown bear dens are used primarily for hibernation, with the animals either building one by digging out vast quantities of earth or else making use of natural caves.

For a time, they were not considered true hibernators, since their body temperature only drops slightly during the winter periods.

It is thought this is so they can react quickly to threats, unlike other species such as chipmunks which require time to warm up before they can move properly.

 

 

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