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Norwegian kayaker escapes from jaws of polar bear when partner shoots animal dead
Telegraph ^ | 10 Aug 2010

Posted on 08/26/2010 10:23:28 AM PDT by george76

A Norwegian kayaker who was dragged by his head for 45 yards in the jaws of a polar bear has told how he escaped when his expedition partner shot the animal dead.

Despite protecting their tent with a trip-wire hooked to a early warning flare, Mr Nilssen woke face-to-face with the biggest land predator on Earth.

The 23-year-old was dragged screaming from the tent, with his head clamped in the animal's jaws.

The adult male bear flung the young explorer's body like a rag doll from side to side in an attempt to stun him, a technique typically used on its usual prey of seals.

The polar bear's teeth pierced Mr Nilssen's lung as it fought for a better grip and narrowly missed a main artery in the young Norwegian's neck.

"It was so strong I could not fight, I grabbed for my shotgun and tried to shoot it but [the polar bear] had snapped [the gun] in half.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; bear; bears; polar; polarbear; polarbears
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1 posted on 08/26/2010 10:23:32 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Lessons Learned:

1. Rig more trip flares

2. Never disguise yourself as a seal in the artic.

3. Norwegians are tougher than seals.

2 posted on 08/26/2010 10:26:48 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Pecos

Lesson #4: Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight.


3 posted on 08/26/2010 10:27:35 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: jazusamo; GladesGuru; proud_yank; LucyT; Candor7; rxsid; null and void; editor-surveyor; ...

it was hungry


4 posted on 08/26/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
"biggest land predator on Earth. "

Um, I think I know a few Hippos that might take issue with that statement. Hippos kill FAR MORE humans each year than all the bear species combined.

5 posted on 08/26/2010 10:28:57 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: george76
Awww...that's just wrong...


6 posted on 08/26/2010 10:29:02 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: Pecos

The shooter should be charged with murder. (sarc)


7 posted on 08/26/2010 10:30:16 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

Never bring a shotgun to a polar bear fight

Ping


8 posted on 08/26/2010 10:32:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: george76

The guy was lucky!


9 posted on 08/26/2010 10:34:04 AM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Um, I think I know a few Hippos that might take issue with that statement. Hippos kill FAR MORE humans each year than all the bear species combined.

I don't think vegetarians count as predators, besides, HUMANS kill far more humans every year than all the other animals on earth combined.

The difference being that usually we don't do it to eat each other, so we don't count it as predation...

10 posted on 08/26/2010 10:36:05 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 579 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Perhaps Hippos are considered river predators.


11 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:18 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Hippos are not a predator. They may kill but they don’t eat meat.


12 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:26 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: george76
This was a close call and could have been worse. The bear could have gotten the gvn, used against both of them and then use it against women and children in the inner cities.

Eventually the bear would have sold it to gangbangers.

Next time, they should go along with bear, do not resist, perhaps shout "Hare Krishna" to confuse the attacker.

13 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:46 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: george76
They're really lucky this one didn't come after them.

Bear Hunting

14 posted on 08/26/2010 10:37:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76

Someone recently posted here asking for recommendations as to the best alarm clock. I wish I could find that post, because I think I now have the answer.


15 posted on 08/26/2010 10:38:09 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: OldDeckHand

I think they mean ‘predator’ as in kill to eat not just kill per se


16 posted on 08/26/2010 10:39:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: OldDeckHand
Hippos don't kill to eat, so they're not predators.

They kill because people annoy them.

17 posted on 08/26/2010 10:42:01 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: thackney
Hippos are not a predator. They may kill but they don’t eat meat.

Unless you count the occasional circus midget.

18 posted on 08/26/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by calex59
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To: dead

Not if they’re pumpkin people.


19 posted on 08/26/2010 10:46:52 AM PDT by stuartcr (Nancy Pelosi-Super MILF.................................Moron I'd Like to Forget)
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To: thackney; null and void
"They may kill but they don’t eat meat."

I was watching a Discovery or Animal Planet special last year that said Hippos are primarily vegetarians, but there was recently discovered evidence that some hippo populations will also eat meat - more carnivores of opportunity or necessity though.

It was the same special that talked about populations of gorillas in Africa that also ate meat - mostly monkeys, which also was only recently discovered.

Still, no they aren't they same kind of "predator" as a Polar Bear, but they are equally territorial.

20 posted on 08/26/2010 10:48:14 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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