Polar Bear Mauls Antarctic Doctor

REUTERS:- Sources reporting from the South African research station in Antarctica, SANAE IV, describe their shock and terror today as expedition leader and doctor Ross Hofmeyr was viciously mauled by a large adult male polar bear.

Expedition members looked on helplessly as the massive rogue bear struck Dr Hofmeyr to the ground and sat on his chest, pinning him to the freezing snow. “It happened so fast,” said one stricken scientist in a telephonic interview, “initially he yelled and tried to wrestle the bear, but then he realised the futility of fighting the behemoth and chose to feign death instead.”

Prospective Antarctic research and support personnel are frequently warned by concerned relatives and friends of the danger of polar bears in the Antarctic, but most believe that they will be safe from attack. Documented Antarctic polar bear attacks are few, and often linked to some form of substance abuse. However, in an area renowned as one of the world’s last great wildernesses, it is clear that calumny awaits the uninformed. Fortunately for Dr Hofmeyr, the bear quickly lost interest, and he was able to escape with non-fatal injuries.

Please be warned that the photographs of the incident, below, are graphic and may upset sensitive readers.

Asked for comment while recovering in the medical facility at SANAE IV after a strong dose of 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, Dr Hofmeyr responded:


He further suggested that anyone taken in by the story consult http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear, especially with reference to the natural distribution of the polar bear.

One Response to “Polar Bear Mauls Antarctic Doctor”

  1. admin Says:

    That was a close one, i would have been out of a job… Interesting how, being the only doctor nearby, he was able to administer himself such a precise type and dose of medicine to treat near-fatal injuries. The images taken by someone who probably deemed a Base Doctor unnecessary and therefore continued to take photos while Ross was brutally mauled, portrayed Ross unconscious and was therefore unable to help those helping him… Strange.

    Edit: Funny no struggle marks…

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