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Claim: Photographs show the aftermath of a campsite attack by a polar bear.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: The photographs reproduced above appear (with the exception of the last one) to correspond to the aftermath of a polar bear attack on a campsite in the Canadian territory of Nunavut that took place on
The Northern News Services covering Canada's territories described the attack:
Shaw was guiding a group of American hunters 45 minutes outside of Kimmirut when he was mauled by the bear.The dimensions of the last photograph (the one that shows a severe ankle injury) are different from the others, and several readers have indicated they've seen that picture previously (and separately) circulated with text identifying it as the result of a shotgun blast or other gun-related injury.
"We didn't know there was a polar bear in the area," he said. "He just suddenly appeared in our camp."
Shaw said the bear first approached the tent the Americans were camping in and tore through it.
It then headed for the tent Shaw was staying in.
"He started ripping through and we managed to get out through the door," Shaw said.
The hunting guide started to run and was chased by the bear, which was about seven feet tall. Shaw then tripped on a rock and the bear pounced on him.
"His claws started digging into my skin and he was biting my head," he said.
"He jumped up and down on me four times breaking my ribs."
One of the Americans was able to shoot the bear and kill it before it was able to do any more damage to Shaw.
Last updated: 2 August 2006
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