80-year-old Russian guy headbutted a bear that threw him down a cliff

A juvenile grizzly bear wanders the grounds near the Fishing Village Visitor Center. (Brian Sirimaturos/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

An elderly Russian man considers himself lucky to be alive after fending off an attack from a bear. Yusef Alchagirov is a shepherd who didn't back down when he was recently confronted by a bear in a raspberry field.

The bear approached Alchagirov, 80, in a raspberry field in the southern Russian region of Kabardino-Balkaria last week, but despite his age, Alchagirov showered kicks and headbutts on the bear and managed to knock it off balance.

The bear, apparently irritated by the feisty shepherd, tossed him off a cliff and sauntered away, said Alchagirov in an interview with local television. He was hospitalised with bruises, bite wounds and four broken ribs, but was spared a mauling, and released within a few days. It is not known whether the bear suffered any lasting injuries.

"I got off easy. It would have killed me if I'd chickened out," Alchagirov said. [The Guardian]

Alchagirov's tale of survival might seem astonishing, at first. But, really, with all the old man strength he probably harnessed in that moment, it's almost surprising he didn't skin the thing and isn't walking around wearing its fur like he's auditioning to be in the next season of Workaholics. [h/t Uproxx]