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Our species is enamored with taking selfies. It’s been estimated that Millennials will take a staggering 25,000 pictures of themselves across their lifetime! But it’s not just young people who want to get the perfect self-portrait.


Adults are doing it, too, and for some of them, it’s the last thing they ever do….


Take Prabhu Bhatara, for instance. The man from East India was driving a group of people home from a wedding celebration in his SUV when nature called. So, he pulled his vehicle to a stop near a forested area and went to relieve himself. But Bhatara wasn’t alone in the bushes.


An injured bear was hiding in the foliage. The situation was just too tempting for the human, so he whipped out his phone to snag a selfie of him with the bear. And that’s when nature attacked!


As he tried to maneuver into position for the perfect shot, the beast’s survival instinct kicked in, and the apex predator mauled the man to death on the spot. Neither the screams of bystanders, nor the barking of a nearby dog, could save Bhatara.


But this self-inflicted casualty hasn’t been the only selfie-related death in India. Just a few months earlier, Jaydeb Nayak, a 50-year-old man from Nuapada was trampled to death when he tried to take a picture with an elephant that had strayed from its herd into his village. Eyewitnesses claimed the massive “tusker” rushed at Nayak, lifted him with his trunk, and then crushed him.


It couldn’t have been a pretty picture.     


Then there was 17-year-old Xenia Ignatyeva, a beautiful young Russian girl who had a penchant for taking death-defying selfies…whose habit finally caught up with her just shy of her 18th birthday when she fell onto live wires accidentally electrocuting herself.


In all, the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care estimates that more than 250 people have died while taking selfies.


It looks like the perils of self are just as dangerous as Jesus said they would be…2,000 years ago.




Click here for the online report.



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