The melodic warbling of Justin Bieber is credited with saving a man's life in Europe.
Igor Vorozhbitsyn told the Austrian Times he was fishing in northern Russia's Yakutia Republic when a bear attacked him. The man thought he was done for, but when the bear clawed at him, his cellphone went off. The ringtone, Justin Bieber's "Baby," caused the bear to run away.
Wildlife experts believe the ringtone - according to local media the singer's hit 'Baby' - must have startled the bear into halting its attack.
"Sometimes a sharp shock can stop an angry bear in its tracks and that ringtone would be a very unexpected sound for a bear," explained one.
Igor suffered from cuts and severe bruises to his face and chest and was rescued when he was found by other fishermen after using the phone to call for help.
The bear's actions are completely understandable. Who among us hasn't ran, screeching in a state of panic from the room when Bieber's "Baby" is played? I often use "Baby" to scare away annoying door-to-door salesman or pesky types like my landlord with her annoying questions about why I haven't paid my rent or what the smell coming from my apartment is. I hear the Pentagon is currently experimenting with using the song in place of a missile defensive system for the United States. Bieber could save this country billions in national defense.
Vorozhbitsyn said his granddaughter put the ringtone on his phone as a "joke." It's OK, dude. You can admit to being a Belieber. We will not judge you.
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