It was around this time that a stage brown bear attacked a trainer in front of horrified children and their families at a circus in Russia.
Footage recorded by a spectator shows the wild animal – dressed in a hat and a sparkling pink scarf – suddenly scratching the blonde woman during a performance in Berezovsky, in the Kemerovo region.
The bear can be seen sliding over the trainer and holding onto each other’s foot and ankle before being grabbed by the neck and pulled by two male performers.
The shocking incident at the Harlequin Traveling Circus on Saturday happened just yards from the children and their parents – who had no gates or fences protecting them from the beast.
The video clip then shows how, despite the trainer appearing to have fallen in pain, the bear is forced to continue doing tricks with her.
The animal then makes another attack before being moved away again.
According to reports, there was even a third attack, but the video shared online is not long enough to show it.
The woman would not have sought treatment after the incident.
The circus is known to dress bears in human clothing – some wearing tutus – and “prides itself on human training of animals.”
Moment bear attacks circus trainer in Russia in front of terrified children and their families
Harlequin Traveling Circus trainer is filmed struggling to free her leg from the bear’s grip during Saturday’s attack
The Russian Commission of Inquiry is investigating Saturday’s incident to verify if there were any security breaches during the show, especially since there does not appear to be any fence or barrier protecting spectators.
The Harlequin Traveling Circus subsequently denied that there had been an attack, despite video evidence.
A spokesperson told Mash Siberia: “There was no incident.
“Simply put, bears are now in the breeding season. “
The circus promises “an unforgettable large-scale show with a wide variety of animals” to “surprise all cities of Russia”.
His website reads: “The artists present a symbiosis of high class training, clowning and stunts in the circus. “
The bear was dressed in a white hat and glittery pink scarf as he was made to perform tricks before turning on his trainer
The bear was caught on camera attacking the trainer for the second time after being forced to continue doing tricks
Two male circus performers grabbed the bear by the neck to pull it away from the trainer as spectators filmed the terrifying moment
Tickets for the show were priced at 500 rubles – or £ 4.90.
Irina Novozhilova, from animal rights group VITA, called for a ban on all circuses with live animals, which remain popular throughout Russia.
“No circus condition will be human for a simple reason,” she said.
“Training goes hand in hand with cruelty… circuses are always cruel beyond bounds.
“And circuses with animals should be banned. “