A second guard fatally shot the polar bear after it attacked a guard assigned to protect tourists from the MS Bremen cruise ship on Svalbard's northernmost island, German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said, according to the BBC. Etminan said the victim did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries. If the opportunity presents itself, polar bears will also consume carcasses, such as those of dead whales.
Mr Gervais om Twitter said: "Let's get too close to a polar bear in its natural environment and then kill it if it gets too close". He is out of danger, with no threat to life", Hapag-Lloyd Crusises posted.
If the guards had been successful in securing the land and there were no polar bears surrounding the site, tourists would have been permitted to disembark the ship to explore the land.
A polar bear was shot and killed in Norway after attacking a polar bear guard.
It is known for its reindeer, glaciers and remote terrain, as well as polar bears.
The injured man was taken by helicopter to the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island. It was not clear who shot the bear.
All ships in the area are obliged to employ bear guards to protect passengers on sightseeing tours.
The other guards shot the bear after trying unsuccessfully to evict the animal, the company said.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has worked comprehensively and co-operatively with the Norwegian authorities to reconstruct and clarify the incident on the ground and will continue to do so. "As soon as such an animal approaches, the shore leave would be stopped immediately".
Polar bear behaviour has changed in recent years as a result of increasing human encroachment on their territory, and a British student was killed by one during a field trip in 2011. "The cruise operator is respected in the destinations as a responsible partner and the experts actively inform the guests about the appropriate behavior required in these areas". "We are extremely sorry that this incident has happened".