Polar bear climbs onto ship

2011-09-03 20:23

Oslo - A Norwegian boat crew recently had an unexpected wake-up call when a full-grown polar bear climbed aboard their anchored ship for a 30-minute-long sniff around the deck.

Captain Einar Vallestad said on Saturday that the bear had been following the Hydrograf vessel in northern Norway for days before finally venturing onboard. "It did no harm. He was just putting his head into our rubbish container."

The 11-man crew was on assignment for the Norwegian Mapping Authority. A night guard woke up crew members to warn them about the furry visitor.

The crew safely watched from the steering cabin as the bear curiously wandered around the vessel before climbing back into the icy waters.

No one was harmed during the incident.

  • Ken J May - 2011-09-03 21:54

    Bet you he was looking for baby seal clubbers and abalone smugglers to eat!

      Janine - 2011-09-04 10:48

      @Margie - they do attack humans. Polar bears are actually incredibily dangerous animals despite the fact that they look "cute". The don't see people as people, merely as a source of food.

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-03 22:10

    he might have been a tad over bearing

      Janine - 2011-09-04 10:48

      Nice one.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-09-03 22:17

    Nice to read something sweet.

  • diplomat - 2011-09-03 22:27

    that is climate change..not enough for the bears to eat, ice melting, looking into garbage bins. Sad.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-09-03 23:11

    He was just looking for the " bear necessities"

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-09-04 09:41

      He was looking for a "Picinic Basket" probably a relative of Yogi The Bear.

  • CPII - 2011-09-04 10:41

    These bunny huggers are such a pain in the ass. Bears are avid hunters but are also just as much opportunistic scavengers. Don't get your knickers in a knot over nothing.

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