Recently, a story about a man who was mistaken for a mummy after he was allegedly “rescued from a bear den” went viral.
It had everything that normally has a viral story; an interesting story, a short video that seems to prove its validity and shocking photos.
However, it turns out that this viral story could just be that, a story. As more and more publications collected it, details emerged that cast doubt on whether the man was in the area at the time of the alleged attack, much less whether a bear was ever involved.
The initial story circulating in the media suggested that a bear had savagely attacked the man, known only as Alexander, breaking his back and throwing him in the back of his lair to save him for a meal at a later date.
The man in the viral video was allegedly found by hunting dogs before being taken immediately to the hospital.
Alexander reportedly told the doctors that the1 great animal had beaten him and kept him in the study for about four weeks.
According to reports, the now infamous Alexander could only remember his first name and could not tell the medical staff his age. Supposedly surviving by drinking his own urine, it was reported that the doctors described the turn of events as a” miracle”, with surprise that he did not die.
The viral story was certainly a scratch on the head, and many people wonder how someone could survive such a horrible test. Well, chances are the test hasn’t been announced.
According to The Independent, Alexei Demin, editor of EADaily, said the man’s video came from a single local source. This source claimed that the video was sent to him by “hunting friends through social networks”.
Demin clarified that his website was awaiting additional details, two days after publication. He also confirmed that local Tuva police had contacted EADaily on charges of falsifying the bear story.
So, is Alexander even real? Apparently so, but the origins of his story are murky at best. Just days before the bear story went viral, another shocking survival story emerged on June 19, which also included a man named Alexander.
In this version of events, Alexander had apparently emerged from under the ground in a cemetery, with teenagers in the Black Sea resort of Sochi sharing photos and a video of the lucky man.
Those pictures and the video? Yeah, they were the same ones that were doing the rounds a week later to represent the survivor of the bear attack ‘like a mummy’.
Even if we somehow manage to see beyond these discrepancies and believe that the incident actually happened, it is unlikely to have happened in the remote region of Tuva in Russia, as originally thought.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Tuva disputed details based on medical records, saying:
It was not registered by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of emergency or any other official body (in the region).
It probably happened somewhere outside Tuva.
While the spokesperson confirmed that the incident had not been registered by a health agency in the region, they were unable to confirm whether it actually happened elsewhere.
But what happened elsewhere? The Sun suggested that Alexander might have been attacked by a bear, but not in Russia. Instead, the publication reported corrections to EADaily’s original story, which links the man to a hospital in Kazakhstan.
Also, a group known as Zello.poisk investigated the video and confirmed that the language spoken at the bottom of the images was not Tuva. The organization, which sought to identify Alexander as a well-known missing person, stated that the man in question is in a hospital in the Kazakh city of Aktobe.
In a post, the organization wrote:
He is being treated at the hospital and is improving. He’s sick. But the doctors said they’ll cure him. Of course, how it turned out to be in such a state that we’ll never know …
Verification of facts Snopes ‘ departure also set out to verify Alexander’s story. They concluded that”it is not yet clear”. While some theories suggest that the man suffered from a skin condition, some suggest the abuse of the drug Krokodil. Others still suggest that the video might be part of a zombie movie.
Basically, nothing is true. In fact, the only thing that is certain is that the original report of a bear attack is unfounded.