The 60-year-old former serviceman was on a fishing trip at Lake Shestakov, Belarus, with two companions when the group stopped to snap the animal by the side of the road, according to the Daily Telegraph. But the incensed rodent viciously pounced on the victim and bit his thigh.
“It was early morning and already light when they saw a beaver by the road, which was unusual because beavers are nocturnal,” Sergei Shtyk, deputy head of the local wildlife inspectorate, told the British newspaper. “One of them went up to be photographed with it, and the animal attacked him and bit him twice, cutting an artery in his thigh, before running away.”
The unfortunate victim, who hailed from Brest in the country’s southwest, bled to death before an ambulance could be summoned, despite the best efforts of his friends to administer first aid.