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Friday, 19 November 2010

When Polar Bears Get Cross

Sent to me in an email recently.

A man was camping in the Northwest Territories of Canada, way up in the high Arctic, and was sleeping when he was attacked by a Polar Bear. He managed to get the bear off him and shot it after a struggle. Don't look at the pics if you are squeamish. As the sender of the email says, it will take a while for the ankle to heal.













That's one very lucky chap.

14 comments:

  1. Well that's Canada off my 'Holiday Destination' list.

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  2. If Global Warming (or whatever it's called this week) gets rid of polar bears, it will have done the human race a great service. A beast with the killing potential of a van-load of angry Rottweilers, and we want to save it?

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  3. Jeezus H Christ on a pony!
    He's not as lucky as a man that didn't get attacked by a polar bear though, is he?

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  4. Shot it! What a pussy, I would have eaten it alive.

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  5. He was in the wrong joke. He was supposed to shoot the bear and shag the old lady.

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  6. That poor bear, its so sad when mankind wander into places they just should not be...but it just goes to show that white leg meat is horribly damaging to wildlife!

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  7. I think you've got the wrong end of the stick here Richard.
    The camper was in the wilds where animals hunt for food to survive. As they have done for thousands of years. The bear saw food and reckoned it was stronger. The bear didn't have the intellect to realise that man has guns so the bear died. One up to us in the evolutionary race.
    It doesn't make the bear bad or the man bad. And it shouldn't stop you visiting Canada. It's a fantastic country. But take a gun !
    Ooooh I feel all self righteuos now. Time for a beer.

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  8. Don, you're right, of course. The bears aren't bad, just hazardous to health. Nothing, however, would tempt me to camp in a flimsy tent in bear country. Bike rallies are bad enough. Being run over in your sleeping bag by a Harley on open pipes is a constant danger. Actually, on second thoughts, Canada doesn't sound so bad.

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  9. Canada is brilliant. I've visited my brother in laws cottage in Parry Sound a few times . They have a small apartment in Toronto but every Fri afternoon it's 5litre oldsmobile or ski doos and off they set for cottage country. 4 hours riding over compressed snow. Once at the cottage it's a weekend of parties and fishing and water skiing. A bit like the UK about 100 years ago I reckon.

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  10. On the other hand, he does now have a very nice fireside rug! So, it's not all bad... ;)

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  11. I'd have difficulty enjoying a fireside rug that had significant parts of my anatomy inside it :)

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  12. Not sure I could quite go with that definition of "lucky"...!

    Unless, of course, he was offered a cheap K75 while waiting in casualty :)

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  13. That would make up for the loss of the ability to walk, I suppose. It would need a better gearchange, though. That left foot isn't going to cope with the standard Beemer kerchunk, now is it?

    NIKOS?

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