Justin Bieber 'saves' man from bear mauling

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:36:39 AM EDT

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Russian fisherman mauled by a bear says he's only alive because of Justin Bieber.

Well, kind of.

Igor Vorozhbitsyn, 42, told the Daily Mail a bear jumped him from behind recently as he was walking from his car to his favorite fishing spot.

"There was a tremendous impact on my back and the bear was on top of me," he said.

The bear slashed at his face and chest, but scurried away the moment Vorozhbitsyn's phone rang.

The ringtone? Bieber's hit tune "Baby."

"I know that sort of ringtone isn't to everyone's taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke," Vorozhbitsyn told the Daily Mail.

A bear expert said it wasn't Bieber's music that the bear found offensive, adding the animal was likely scared off by the sudden, loud noise.

Still, we're willing to bet this fisherman is now a "Belieber" for life.

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