Bears might be the #1 threat to America, but what’s the #1 threat to bears? Justin Bieber, apparently.
Here’s the deal: Russian fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn was on his way to his favorite fishing spot in Russia’s Yakutia Republic on August 5 when he was attacked by a brown bear. Just then, the 42-year-old’s ringtone, which was set to Bieber’s “Baby,” started blasting, and the ursine predator fled into the woods.
“Sometimes a sharp shock can stop an angry bear in its tracks and that ringtone would be a very unexpected sound for a bear,” a wildlife expert told the Austrian Times.
OK, so the next time I’m attacked by bears, I’ve gotta play some Justin Bieber. But the next time I’m attacked by pirates, I’ve gotta crank that Britney Spears. Got it.
Thanks to JB’s breakout 2010 single, Vorozhbitsyn survived with only cuts and severe bruises to his face and chest, although I don’t think the ordeal has made him a Belieber. “I know that sort of ringtone isn’t to everyone’s taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke,” he told the AT. Yep, that story definitely checks out.