Polar bears on the runway

 
Polar bears on the runway
NORWAY -- A polar bear family that consisted of a female polar bear and her two half-grown cubs was discovered inside the fenced airport area of Svea Airport at Svalbard on Friday morning, reports Svalbard Posten.

- When we came down, they were on their way over the airport fence. There was some packed snow by the fence, and they climbed over all three, said airport fireman Joachim Myhrvang.

The polar bear family was first discovered outside the airport and it was probably tempted by the odors from the garbage containers.

Airport crew and firefighters made a plan how to get the three wild animals to voluntarily remove themselves from the airport, as they are not exactly harmless.

They simply opened the gates to the airport, and with the help of a fire truck and a civilian car, the animals were ushered towards the exit - a strategy that succeeded:

- We just drove quietly behind them with cars, and they pulled away. They did exactly as we had thought, swung down towards the sea and out onto the ice, says the firefighter to VG.

He believes this is the same family that has been observed several times inside Longyearbyen last week, forcing the Governor to chase them out using a helicopter.

According to Svalbard Posten, the same polar bear family has become quite accustomed to people.

It aroused some attention when the family wandered among the houses in the city, but by using a helicopter, the animals were chased out of town and towards Svea - so it can easily be about the same family.

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