According to reports, Natalya was collecting birch sap in a forest near Tynda in Amur region with a friend when the attack happened.
Natalya Pasternak, a 55-year-old post office worker is said to be fighting for her life in a Russian hospital after a bear attacked and seriously wounded her in the far east of Russia. The bear is said to have buried her alive - probably saving her for its next meal.
According to reports, the mother-of-two, was collecting birch sap in a forest near Tynda in Amur region with a friend when the attack happened. A shocking picture taken by police shows her lying under the pile of foliage where the bear had buried her, a clawed and bloodied arm visible.
Natalya had a miracle escape after her friend fled to raise the alarm with the emergency services.
It is said that, although her dog barked to sound the alarm, the warning came too late and she and the pet were overwhelmed by the wild animal.
"The bear evidently thought the woman was dead and sought to bury her and hide its prey, apparently saving its next meal," reported The Siberian Times.
The bear - a four-year-old female is however said to have been shot dead by some rescuers when it attacked them. It was then that they noticed the woman's arm jutting out of a pile of leaves and sticks, bloodied with bear claw wounds. The woman was "alive and conscious" despite serious injuries.
Her first question was: "Have you killed the bear?"
Mrs Pasternak is said to have suffered serious scalp and thigh wounds, and was in "deep shock" and doctors at Tynda Hospital said she remained in a 'severe' condition.