The age-old question of “what would you do for a Klondike bar” has been answered by a Copenhagen man who jumped inside a polar bear enclosure at a zoo in Denmark on Wednesday.
Witnesses say that the 28-year-old leapt into the area housing the bear. After falling 23 feet into the pit, the man then approached the 10-year-old bear with open arms. According to the Copenhagen Post, Zoo manager Steffen Straede said, “he walked up to [it] of his own free will.” Some reports have claimed that he had wanted to take a picture of the animal.
Zoo spokesman Jacob Munkholm told the AFP that the man, “…went up to the bear and it [the bear] examined him by sniffing him and shoving him, and he sustained some superficial injuries.” Other reports say that the bear had grabbed onto one of the man’s limbs and wouldn’t let go.
Onlookers began attempting to distract the bear until Zoo officials arrived to subdue the animal. Zoo staff shot rubber bullets at the bear until it returned to its cage and then managed to rescue the man. He was able to walk on his own.
The man, who suffered no serious injuries, has yet to be identified. Police officials have gone on to say that the man in question had a mental illness. Unfortunately, he won’t be receiving a Klondike bar for his troubles.