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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bear Bites Off an Old Woman's Foot

Bears appeared without warning in an odd streak of incidents reported far and wide across the country this week.

A bear named Masha bit off the foot of an elderly woman who was cleaning the area near her cage at the Yaroslavl Museum Park on Tuesday, Regnum reported.

"This woman is not an employee of the museum. Masha is very much loved in Yaroslavl," museum director Yelena Ankudinova told the news agency.

The bear is a symbol of Yaroslavl and appears on the region's flag.

"We're not dodging our responsibility, but all employees know that Masha is a dangerous beast," Ankudinova said.

The injured woman, Svetlana Makhova, was hospitalized and was in serious condition Wednesday.

In Karelia, northwestern Russia, a bear attacked a 39-year-old man in a forest on Monday. The man was hospitalized with cuts on his face and hands but in stable condition, Interfax reported.

Across the country on the Kamchatka Peninsula, a baby bear wandered into the closed city of Viluchinsk, a nuclear submarine base, and walked along the streets before being captured by sailors, RIA-Novosti reported Tuesday.

The cub barely escaped being eaten by homeless dogs, said Anatoly Shevlyagin, the director of the local zoo, where the bear now lives.

And in the Krasnoyarsk region, a bear cub wandered in to Divnogorsk from nearby woods on Tuesday, RIA-Novosti said. The cub was picked up by a policeman near some cafes, where it was going from car to car asking for food. The policeman took it to the police station. He bought two cans of condensed milk on the way, which the bear ate along with biscuits and honey.

The policeman said he suspected that the bear had run away from his owner or been abandoned like "an unwanted toy."

The local zoo refused to take the cub, saying it had too many bears, but the city's circus has promised to help out.