A polar bear has been shot lifeless after it attacked a cruise send guard on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, throughout the Arctic Circle.
The defend suffered non-existence-threatening head injuries and is claimed to be in a stable condition.
He used to be assigned to give protection to tourists who had landed on Svalbard’s northernmost island from the MS Bremen, that’s operated via Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
The German cruise corporate stated the shield shot the undergo “in self-defence”.
The injured guy used to be airlifted to health center within the the town of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen island.
Image copyright Reuters Symbol caption Cruise corporate Hapag-Lloyd mentioned the bear was once shot in “self-defence”
All ships in the space are obliged to rent undergo guards to offer protection to passengers on sightseeing excursions.
“There are very strict laws right here as the islands are visited through many polar bears within the summer season, so we all want to be vigilant once we are ashore,” one information wrote in a publish on Hapag-Lloyd’s website.
Critics on-line, together with British comedian Ricky Gervais, blamed the assault on human intrusion into polar bear territories.