Russian wild bear shot dead after wandering through shopping mall
Camo-clad police officer followed animal from mall to playground in city of Khabarovsk
A wild bear wandered through a shopping mall in Russia's Far East before being shot and killed by police, a local TV channel reported Wednesday. No human injuries were reported.
MestoproTV released a video that showed the bear smashing a window and roaming around the mall. It then ran to a nearby playground in the city of Khabarovsk close to the Chinese border.
On exiting, the bear pushed open the store's doors and barrelled down the street. The video showed a camouflaged law enforcement officer pursuing the animal and shooting it dead in a playground.
The Investigative Committee, Russia's main state investigative agency, has launched a probe into the legitimacy of the police action.
The television report said the bear was between two and three years old, making it a teenager in bear years.