Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brits Fight for Their Lives as Polar Bear Attacks Their Tent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brits Fight for Their Lives as Polar Bear Attacks Their Tent

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Byline: LEE GLENDINNING

A TEAM of British explorers have told how they drove off a polar bear rampaging through their Arctic camp.

The eight adventurers were in their pyjamas when they saw off the bear with cooking pans and rocket flares. By that time, the beast had torn apart three of their five tents.

The men had just climbed 12,100ft Mount Gunnbjornsfjeld, the highest peak in Greenland, and were back at base camp playing Trivial Pursuit.

James Wheaton, 42, from West Hampstead, said: "We were waiting for the plane to fly us out to Iceland the next day.

Then we heard screaming. One emotion was absolute fear. I've never bumped into a bear before. It just completely destroyed the tents.'' As the creature, which was miles from its usual feeding grounds, lumbered through the camp, expedition co-leader Paul Walker, 40, made a dash to collect rocket flares from the store tent. The rest of the team, still in their pyjamas at temperatures of minus 25C, banged pots to scare off the bear. …

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