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Outrage as Polar Bear Killed in Norway

The bear was shot 'in an act of self defense' by a cruise ship employee.

A guard from a cruise ship shot and killed a polar bear on July 28 after it attacked another employee on a beach at Sjuøyane, part of the Svalbard islands in northern Norway. The incident, which is inspiring outrage on social media, happened at a stop of the MS Bremen which sent guards out to inspect the beach before having tourists disembark. According to the NY Times, the guards generally fire in the air to scare away any bears. In this case however, the employee hadn't seen the bear that attacked. "In an act of self-defense, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead," the Hapag-Lloyd cruise line said in a Facebook statement. (The injured guard was flown to a hospital and is in stable condition.) Many online, however, were questioning why tourists were there in the first place. Below: The polar bear that was shot and killed by a cruise ship guard.

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A polar bear on a Norway beach last year. &quot;It&#39;s incredibly tragic,&quot; <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/29/world/polar-bear-killed-norway-cruise-guard-attacked/index.html" target="_blank">said  conservationist Jeff Corwin of the incident on CNN</a>. &quot;When there&#39;s only 25,000 polar bears left on the planet, every one matters&quot;. Arterra/UIG via Getty Images A polar bear on a Norway beach last year. "It's incredibly tragic," said conservationist Jeff Corwin of the incident on CNN. "When there's only 25,000 polar bears left on the planet, every one matters".



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