A bear has caused a lot of commotion during a circus performance after it suddenly jumped into the audience.
Shocking footage from Ukraine shows a circus bear jump into the audience and injure several people.
Footage released online shows the moment the bear turns away from his trainer and leaps over the wall into a crowd of families and children.
The incident occurred on Friday during the Circus on Ice show in the city of Bila Tserkva in Ukraine’s north-central Kiev Oblast region
It was reported that several people were left injured in the attack, though an official count of those injured has not been released. It’s believed that many of those injured were children.
It is unclear if the audience members were attacked by the bear or injured in a stampede as people tried to flee from the venue.
The jumpy video from an onlooker in another part of the audience shows families running and children screaming as the bear attacks.
The bear can be seen lying on its back in the middle of a ring as it completes its act, but then it suddenly lunges toward the audience.
The trainer can’t react in time to stop the bear and lets go of its lead, allowing the bear to run into the audience.
Following the incident, the owners of the circus reimbursed audience members for their tickets and the cost of damaged goods.
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