Selfie snappers, forget trying to take a picture with a bear

selfie bear tragedy

Selfies can be great. Selfies with animals? Not so great.

A man’s desire to snap a selfie with a wounded bear cost him his life last week. The incident occurred in the Indian district of Nabarangpur about 700 miles southeast of New Delhi, the Hindustan Times reported.

Prabhu Bhatara spotted the bear during a rest break on a journey home from a friend’s wedding, and so he decided to attempt a selfie with it. His buddies in the car reportedly warned him against the idea, but he proceeded toward the animal regardless.

The bear was having none of it, and chased down Bhatara before mauling him to death.” A forest ranger said he “died on the spot.”

Bizarrely, his friends were “busy in shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him,” according to the Times’ report. Officials added that a stray dog had tried to attack the bear in an apparent attempt to defend Bhatara, but it failed to save him.

The tragedy brings to mind a warning given by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014 telling visitors to South Lake Tahoe, California, to refrain from taking bear selfies after “mobs” of people were spotted trying to grab such shots with their smartphones.

Animal selfies

But as we’ve seen with animal selfies in recent years, it’s not always the human that suffers most. Take this terrible incident in Argentina a few years ago when beachgoers reportedly passed around a baby dolphin so they could grab a selfie with it. The dolphin later died.

Another animal selfie, this time in Yellowstone Park, went horribly wrong when a woman got too close to a bison. She suffered multiple injuries when the angry creature tossed her into the air.

With so many animal selfies ending up on Instagram, the social media company last year told users not to post such images, as they risk injury to both the smartphone-wielding human and the animal.

We much prefer the selfies where the animals take the shot themselves, like the famous monkey photo and this more recent one of a couple of cute penguins in the Antarctica.

Social Media

Periscope tool adds guests to feeds so streamers can become talk show hosts

Periscope users can now invite viewers to chime into the conversation with more than just the comment tool. By enabling the option to add guests, livestreamers can add guests to the conversation, in audio format only.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (February 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Legion'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

Crouching, climbing, and creeping, the perfect Instagram shot knows no bounds

Just how far will you go for the perfect Instagram? A recent survey shows just how willing Instagram users -- and Instagram husbands -- are to climb, lie down, embarrass themselves or let their food go cold for the perfect shot.
Social Media

Facebook’s long-promised ‘unsend’ feature arrives. Here’s how to use it

Send a message to the wrong person? Messenger now gives you 10 minutes to take it back. After an update beginning to roll out today, users can now retract messages if they act within the first 10 minutes after sending the message.
Social Media

YouTube boss admits even her own kids gave the ‘Rewind’ video a thumbs down

YouTube's 2018 Rewind video went down like a lead balloon at the end of last year, becoming the most disliked video in its history. And now YouTube's CEO has admitted that even her own kids thought it was pretty darn awful.
Social Media

Snapchat finally recovers from its redesign — so here comes an Android update

Snapchat's drop in users after launching a controversial redesign has finally stagnated. During the fourth quarter and 2018 earnings report, Snapchat shared that the company is rolling out an Android update designed to increase performance.
Social Media

Skype’s new ‘blur background’ feature could help keep you from blushing

Skype's latest feature for desktop lets you blur your background during video calls. The idea is that it keeps you as the focus instead of distracting others with whatever embarrassing things you might have on show behind you.
Social Media

Twitter users are declining but more people are seeing ads every day

Twitter's end-of-the-year report for 2018 is a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that more users are seeing adds daily, the metric the company will focus on moving forward. But the bad news is that monthly active users are…

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.

YouTube beats Apple, Netflix as the most trusted brand by millennials

The popular video sharing website YouTube climbed up in an annual Mblm study, moving up from third place in 2018 and coming ahead of both Apple and Netflix in final 2019 rankings. 
Social Media

LinkedIn finally gets around to launching its own live video tool

Live video is coming to LinkedIn for businesses and individuals on the site. The livestreaming feature is launching in beta in the U.S. before rolling out to the entire community.