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Polar bear breaks into family home

Published 29/03/2012 | 20:05

A Canadian man and his son awoke to find a polar bear breaking down the door to their home in Newfoundland
A Canadian man and his son awoke to find a polar bear breaking down the door to their home in Newfoundland

A man has received the shock of his life when he leapt out of bed to his son's cries of "Polar bear!"

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Louis Reardon said his 29-year-old son, Damien, woke up to find the bear breaking open their dining room door in Newfoundland, Canada.

The 55-year-old father said he fired two shots over the bear's head to frighten it.

"A polar bear doesn't usually back down," he said.

His cousin, Daniel Reardon, said the bear broke in doors at three other homes and killed sheep and ducks at a nearby stable without stopping to eat them.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said wildlife officers shot the bear, which witnesses estimate weighed at least 300lb (135kg).

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