A missing man has been described as a talking mummy after being pulled from the brink of death.
Named only as Alexander, he was discovered by hunting dogs in a bears den a month after he vanished in the remote Tuva region of Russia.
He has been rushed to hospital suffering with a broken spine after fighting the bear, according to local reports.
He told them that he had survived the attack when the bear overpowered him and drank urine to survive.
He said: The bear preserved me as food for later.
The dogs that found him refused to leave his side in the bears den in the mountain forests, leading hunters they were with to realise something was amiss.
At first the hunters believed that he was dead, but then they realised he was alive and summoned help.
He remembers his first name but not his age, according to the Siberian Times.
A hospital video shows the bearded man opening his eyes and confirming his first name.