Polar bear killed after attacking cruise ship employee near North Pole

Polar bear killed after attacking cruise ship employee near North Pole

The animal was killed after attacking a cruise ship guard on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, which lies within the Artic Circle, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination for Northern Norway. "As the attempts of the other guards to evict the animal, unfortunately, were not successful, there had to be intervention for reasons of self-defense and to protect the life of the attacked person".

A helicopter brought the injured guard to the nearby town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island. The polar bear was shot dead.

A polar bear was killed after attacking a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on the Svalbard archipelago archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole on Saturday.

The guard suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and is said to be in a stable condition.

Norwegian authorities said the animal advanced on the group as they disembarked the cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

An estimated 60% of it is covered with ice, and its 3,000 polar bears are said to outnumber the human population. "We are extremely sorry that this incident has happened".

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Svalbardposten, who was first to report about the incident, says the tourists belonged to the cruise ship "MS Bremen".

Reaction to the death of this polar bear has been swift.

Mr Gervais om Twitter said: "Let's get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close".

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said it was "self-defence".

"Landings are possible only in a few places; these are not there to serve the goal of polar bear observation, on the contrary: polar bears are only observed from aboard ships, from a safe distance. This great predator has little respect for humans and risky situations can easily arise if people get too close", says the NPI, Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research in the Arctic. A promotional film (see above) highlights wildlife, including polar bears.

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