A nine-year-old boy died and another was horrifically injured when a wolf attacked the pals while they were swimming near a forest.
Shocking images of the surviving lad’s injuries show how the wolf ripped chunks of flesh from his neck and leg.
His pal’s savaged body was found later in an area of woodland after the wolf dragged him away during the attack in Kidero, Dagestan, southern Russia, on 28th July.
A third friend had escaped unscathed.
The children – aged between seven and nine – had been swimming when they were confronted by the wolf.
Gruesome photographs of the injured boy taken in hospital show a lump of flesh hanging out of his neck.
Another shows a huge, gaping wound in what looks like his leg.
He is due to be transferred to a bigger hospital in the regional capital, Makhachkala, today (29th July).
In a statement obtained by Newsflash on Thursday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Dagestan said: “A terrible tragedy occurred today in the Tsuntinsky district of the republic.
“At about 3pm, the Duty Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Tsuntinsky District received a message that opposite the village of Kidero, Tsuntinsky District, in the Rekuh area, three children aged seven to nine years old were attacked by a wolf that came out of the forest.
“The children at this time were bathing in the backwaters of the river. One boy was bitten by the wild animal (the child was hospitalised), another managed to escape, and the third, a nine-year-old boy, was taken away by the wild animal and carried into the forest.
“All forces were thrown into the search for the child: the police and local residents combed the area, an hour later the body of the child was found at the other end of the forest.”
The Ministry added: “Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased boy! Speedy recovery to the injured child.”
In a later update that day, the Ministry said: “The second boy is alive and his life is out of danger!
“Tomorrow [Friday] he will be transported to Makhachkala for further treatment.”
The Ministry reminded netizens to “not spread false information”, as it “causes unreasonable pain to people who care”.
The victims were not named in reports.