Polar bear mauls to death British teenager

August 5th, 2011 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 5 (IANS) A British teenager was Friday mauled to death by a polar bear at a campsite in Norway, a media report said.

Four others were seriously injured when the animal attacked the group of 13 young explorers at 7.30 a.m., while they were sleeping on the Norwegian island of Svalbard on a dream wildlife trip, Daily Mail reported.

The 17-year-old victim was among a group of 80 wildlife enthusiasts aged between 16 and 25 from the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES).

The organisation, which is based in Kensington, west London, has not released the name of the dead person.

“There were about 80 people all told in the expedition. The young people are all between 16 and 23,” the Mail quoted a BSES spokeswoman as saying.

The wildlife enthusiasts were camping on the Von Postbreen glacier in the remote region which is inaccessible by roads and heavily populated with bears.

Tragically, just days before the attack the group on July 27 posted a message on their blog in which they were delighted at having seen a polar bear in the region.

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