Justin Bieber Ringtone Startles Bear

A man fishing in northern Russia was attacked by a bear. But the bear fled when the men's cellphone rang. The ringtone was Bieber's song "Baby."

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep...


JUSTIN BEIBER: (Singing) Oh, whoa.

INSKEEP: ...With evidence of the power of Justin Bieber. A man was fishing in northern Russia when he was attacked by a bear. He thought he was doomed when his cell phone rang. The ring tone was this Bieber hit.


BEIBER: (Singing) You know you love me. I know you care. Just shout whenever, and I'll be there.

INSKEEP: Startled by the sound, the bear fled. The man later insisted he had the ring tone as a joke and not because he's a Belieber. It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.