Hazards of the job

Scientists rescued from isle

from the Associated Press, Augst 18, 2005

“OSLO, Norway — Three unarmed Polish researchers stranded on a remote arctic island were rescued by helicopters as polar bears were closing in on them, officials said Wednesday.

“The hairsbreadth escape took place on an island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about 650 mile from the North Pole.

“‘It was the worse imaginable situation. They were cold and wet, had no equipment or weapons, and were surrounded by hungry polar bears,’ said Peter Braaten of the Svalbard governor’s office…”

I’ve provided a couple photographs for illustrative purposes. Some people confuse these furry creatures with Panda bears. -Jonathan

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