A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival.
The man was found naked, with his clothes lying intact inside the cage. Two adult bears, Masha and Misha, had dragged the body to their feeding corner and reacted angrily when keepers tried to recover it.
'There's a good chance he was drunk or drugged. Only an idiot would jump into the bear cage,' zoo director Vuk Bojovic told Reuters.
The Belgrade Zoo is located within the ancient Kalemegdan fortress in the city center.
A restaurant is located just above the zoo, and thousands have visited the fortress this week for the beer festival.
Local media reported that police found several mobile phones inside the cage, as well as bricks, stones and beer cans.
Ice-skating bear from Russia kills circus director in Kyrgyzstan
An ice-skating bear from Russia has attacked and killed a circus director during rehearsals for a show in Kyrgyzstan.
The five-year-old bear, part of a visiting troupe from the prestigious Russian state circus, was wearing ice skates when he lashed out at his handlers and circus staff before a performance of their "Bears on Ice" show in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
He dragged 25-year-old circus director Dmitry Potapov across the ice rink by his neck and nearly severed his victim's legs.
Mr Potapov died at the scene from his injuries.
Another circus employee who attempted to rescue Mr Potapov while he was being mauled was also severely injured during the attack.
"The victim has sustained serious injuries - deep scalp lacerations, bruising of the brain, lacerations on his body. His condition is considered critical," said Dr Gulnara Tashibekova, who was among the medical team who attended the scene.
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Bruno, a 500-pound six-year-old brown bear, swings a ladder at trainer John Welde during the Welde's Big Bear Show in Riley Fun Park at the Indiana State Fair on Day 5, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Monica and John Welde, who run Bearadise Ranch in Myakka City, Fla., brought seven of their 11 bears to the State Fair for shows daily at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. (Charlie Nye / The Star).