Kayaker Escapes Polar Bear’s Jaws When Partner Shoots the AnimalBy Rocky Thompson on August 11th, 2010
A duo of Norwegian adventurers sought to become the first people to circumnavigate the arctic archipelago of Svalbard, which is a land teeming with polar bears. There might be fewer polar bears living in the wild today, but the retreating sea ice keeps them in smaller groups. These two Norskies were no fools – they setup their camp with an electrified perimeter that would send off flares if breached by a polar bear, but the flares proved no match for the bear’s hunger.
The bear grabbed the 23-year-old out of his tent and dragged him away, snapping a shotgun in the process. His 22-year-old expedition partner lined up a shot with their spare rifle.
“I was about 20 or 25 metres [22 to 27 yards] from the bear and it had Sebastian in its mouth, I was very worried I did not want to hit Sebastian as well,” said Mr Fjeld. “That would have been a really bad day for him.
Indeed. Happily, he connected with the bear, which dropped the guy and saved his life.