A video went viral on Tuesday that shows a large truck plowing over a brown bear in Russia’s Yukatia region as a man yells “Squash him!”
Unable to run away fast enough, the bear is crushed by the weight of the vehicle as it is run over.
According to The Washington Post, Russian authorities were prompted to open a criminal case to investigate this gruesome killing.
Investigators said in a statement Wednesday that the men driving the trucks that killed the bear were prospecting for oil in the region at the time.
A Russian news agency called TASS said the men responsible for the death could face up to a year in prison if convicted of animal cruelty.
The shocking video can be seen below:
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