Bear Mauling News
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When attacking stupid tourists who invade your feeding grounds with backpacks and tents, don’t lose your teeth over it. It is better to wound and cart them off to your den. Finish them off there.
More tourists will arrive and remember, they don’t taste as good as the seals.
“Polar bear's teeth removed from head of attack survivor
A 16-year-old boy injured in a polar bear attack in Norway had to have some of the animal's teeth removed from his skull during emergency surgery, it has emerged.
Patrick Flinders, from Jersey, suffered a fractured skull and was flown to the UK last night with a fellow survivor Scott Bennell-Smith, 16, from Cornwall.
Patrick's father said he was a "hero" for trying to fight off the bear.
Horatio Chapple, 17, died in Friday's attack, on Spitsbergen island, Norway.
All four survivors injured in the attack have been receiving treatment at a hospital in Tromso.
Mr Flinders said his son was being treated at Southampton General Hospital, while he believed that Scott, from St Mellion, was taken to a hospital in Plymouth.
The British Schools Exploring Society, a youth development charity which organised the expedition, has not yet decided when the two other Britons will fly home.
Trip leaders Michael "Spike" Reid, 29, from Plymouth and Andrew Ruck, 27, who is from Brighton but lives in Edinburgh, were severely injured in the bear attack, but are now stable.
Mr Reid shot the bear dead, but was also mauled himself.
The British ambassador to Norway, Jane Owen, said it was a priority to get the patients home as soon as possible "so that they can be with their families as they go through the recovery process".
Patrick's father Terry Flinders said doctors in Southampton had told him that his son suffered a fractured skull and that some of the polar bear's teeth had to be removed from his head during surgery in Norway.
His parents had previously thought he had only been bitten on the arm and swiped in the face by the bear.
Patrick is said to be conscious and lucid and under observation by the medical team at the hospital.
Mr Flinders earlier explained how his son had tried to defend the group, saying he "tried to jump on it and smash the polar bear's nose" when the animal attacked the boys in their tent.
Scott shot but did not kill the bear, which then "went for Patrick, he bit his arm and then just swiped his face and top of his head. And then the same with Scottie," Mr Flinders said.
Referring to a conversation he had with his son, he said: "I told him 'you're a hero here mate, the way you attacked that bear'.
"He said he can't remember doing it, but I suppose it might come back to him later."
Doctors are set to assess Patrick on Monday in a bid to ascertain when he can be transferred home to Jersey.
Scott's father, Peter, said in a statement that Friday was the worst day of his life.
"It will never leave me to think how close Scott came to being killed that day," he said.
'Fearless and kind'
"I am so sorry for the loss of his new friend and fellow adventurer, Horatio. It is every parent's worst nightmare."
The family of Horatio paid tribute to him in a statement, describing him as "strong, fearless and kind".
They said Mr Chapple had been "so excited about his plans to be a doctor" and praised his "amazing sense of humour and ability to laugh at himself".
Eton College, where Mr Chapple was a pupil, expressed its deep sadness at the schoolboy's death and offered its condolences to his family and friends.
The attack on the campsite near the Von Post glacier about 25 miles (40km) from Longyearbyen, took place early on Friday.
The BSES, based in west London, organises scientific expeditions to remote areas to develop teamwork and a spirit of adventure. There were 80 people on the trip to Spitsbergen, which had been scheduled to run until 28 August.
The charity announced on Saturday that it had decided to end the expedition and make arrangements for the remaining members to be brought home.”