The unidentified 23-year-old made headlines after a shocking video emerged, allegedly showing him leaping into a body of water at Warsaw Zoo in Poland to avoid a bear, before attempting to wrestle the creature when she followed him.
The disturbing clip shows the man dunking the bear – known as Sabrina – under the water by her head and locking his arms around the bear’s neck.
Now, it’s reported the man was handed a $7,000 (£5,670) fine for not wearing a mask, and a further $300 (£243) fine for animal cruelty and disturbing the peace, following the incident, which took place in Warsaw Zoo just after lockdown restrictions eased in the country.
He was also handed 20-hours-per-month of community service and has been ordered to promise to give up alcohol, the Independent reports.
A spokesperson for the zoo, Ann Karczewska, said the man was lucky to still be alive, as Sabina was the only bear to engage with the man, despite other bears being present in the enclosure.
‘Little One [another bear in the enclosure] was also on the catwalk at that time, luckily she did not join the whole fight. If that were the case, the man could have suffered much bigger injuries,’ she said. ‘She used to belong to a circus and is accustomed to the presence of people, but she absolutely did not expect a human attack. Sabina, an old bear who was attacked by an adult man, physically came out of this event unscathed, but she is very stressed.’