Scientists trapped by polar bears in Russia weather station rescued

Russian Meteorologists were trapped at a remote outpost in Russia after polar bears closed in. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) explains. Buzz60

Five meteorologists trapped inside a Russian weather station by polar bears have been rescued.

At least 10 polar bears, including one that ate a scientist's dog, set up camp at the station Aug. 31, station chief Vadim Plotnikov told TASS news agency on Tuesday.

The bears trapped the meteorologists inside the station on the Izvestiy TSIK Islands for two weeks. A female bear slept beneath the station's window. Flares, used to keep the bears away, were running low and the next supply ship wasn't scheduled to arrive for another month, NPR reports.

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Tuesday night, a research vessel detoured to scare the bears away with its helicopter, NBC reports. In Russia, it’s illegal to shoot polar bears because they are endangered.

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