A hunter who managed to fight off an attack by a 700-pound bear then almost killed himself when he tripped over his gun.

Marin Cogev, 55, was hunting in woods near Milkovica in Bulgaria when he was attacked by the bear from behind.

The bear tried to crush him with its arms but he managed to hit the animal on the head with the butt of his shotgun and then fired a shot in the air.

The bear released his grip and ran away. But when Cogev turned to go after the bear he slipped, tripped and fell and his gun went off. The bullet grazed his head and he passed out.

A fellow hunter who found him after the attack said: "If the bullet had gone a few millimetres the other way he would be dead.

"It's amazing he managed to fight off such a huge bear and then tripped over and nearly killed himself."

The bear was later caught and shot by a team of hunters.