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A frightened man was forced to run into a busy road to safety after an escaped brown bear chased him down the street.

The terrifying encounter was recorded by a passerby and the video shows a commuter running for his life after the animal tried to follow him home.

The man had been on a snowy pavement making a phone call when the beast suddenly approached him.

At first, he remained astonishingly calm with the bear, which fled from a private zoo complex in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, just feet away.

After spotting the creature he quickly made his exit, but it immediately chased him.

He then crossed the street in front of an oncoming bus which then hit and wounded the tailing wild animal.

People at a nearby bus stop also fled, according to reports.

Locals say the “frightened and confused” bear had been wandering around the Siberian city for an hour or so before the incident after escaping its cramped cage.

After sustaining a minor injury, the bear hid behind some heating pipes at an industrial site where it was guarded by armed police.

The owner of the hotel complex , Anvar Agayev, told police he did not want the escaped bear back – and gave permission for the beast to be shot.

Reports said police were monitoring the animal and deciding its fate.

Locals reacted furiously to “monsters” who had caged the bear as an attraction for customers at the hotel, sauna and car wash.

Some demanded its release in the forest, while others called for it to be housed by a zoo, but there were fears it would be shot.

Yana Krasnova posted: “Now the bear will be killed because of this idiot.”

Local Nadyusha Studneva wrote: “Poor bear, it is clear that he is scared, disoriented. I hope he stays alive. Do not shoot at him.

“Do not destroy such a beast – help him return to the forest. Or can we only destroy and kill in Russia?”

Alexandra Averyanova posted: “This bear is from the nearest car wash, where monsters locked him in a cage. The bear fled from them.”

Tamara Tamarova wrote: “It is the owner of the bear who should be shot.”

Latest reports said the authorities had decided to spare the beast’s life and look for a facility to keep the animal.

Mayor Vasily Tikhonov was quoted as saying he had received so many calls demanding to save the animal that a decision had been made not to shoot the bear.

The bear was shot with an anaesthetic so its wounds could be checked by local vets.

“Then we will find a suitable place for it to live,” he said.

“I had many calls with pleas to save its life.”