A vicious polar bear is about the last creature you’d expect to see lurking in an urban alleyway, but, as you can see from this video, that terrifying scenario recently went down in a Russian city.

As onlookers screamed in horror, the massive arctic creature emerged from behind a corner and began biting and clawing at a woman, who appears to be playing dead. Miraculously, a bottle thrown by one of the onlookers struck the polar bear in the snout, causing the beast to retreat long enough for the woman to get up and flee, relatively unharmed.