A group of illegal migrants on the way from France to the UK via the English Channel probably got the surprise of their lifetime when they tried to sneak into the back of a truck at the French port city of Calais.
When the migrants opened the back door of the truck, suddenly they discovered that they were not alone. The passenger in the back of the truck was in fact a very real and alive polar bear.
One of the four men immediately ran off in terror, but the other three ignored the danger posed by the animal and jumped in anyway.
The lorry was being driven from Frankfurt to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster, where the 22-month-old bear Nissan - originally from Moscow - is being resettled.
The break-in early yesterday morning was witnessed by other park workers following in vehicles behind, who alerted the lorry driver and called the police.
Officers arrived 10 minutes later and ordered the three migrants out of the vehicle - taking care not to distress the huge and potentially deadly animal beside them.
The four men were able to approach the van because a group of migrants had put up plastic fencing along the road ahead, drastically slowing down the traffic.
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