Polar Bear's Teeth Removed from English Teenager's Head After Attack
A member of a British camping party that was attacked by a polar bear in northern Norway on Friday underwent a procedure on Sunday to remove the animal's teeth from his fractured skull.
The polar bear ripped open a tent shared by three teenage boys, killed Eton student Horatio Chapple and severely wounded Patrick Flinders when it scratched then bit his head.
According to TheIndependent, Flinders slowed the attack when he punched the bear in the nose, but not before the third tentmate, Scott Bennell-Smith, also suffered head injuries. A fourth boy was also attacked.
The bear itself was killed when the expedition leader, Michael "Spike" Reid, heard screams, saw the animal and shot it dead.
The teens were taking part in a British Schools Exploring Society trip and were camped on the Von Post glacier, which hosts around 30,000 adventurers annually, when the attack occurred.
After the attack, Kieran Mulvaney, author of "The Great White Bear: A Natural & Unnatural History of Polar Bears," was quick to point out that such incidents are rare and frequently the product of extenuating circumstances, such as the bear being starved. Mulvaney pointed out that as sea-ice, long a major habitat for the bears, melt, the potential for adventure travelers and bears to come face to face would likely increase.
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