NORWAY — A cruise was at the Arctic Circle to take some tourists sightseeing when a polar bear was killed for attacking a cruise ship guard, reports NBC News.
What typically occurs when a vessel arrives is the cruise ship guard disembarks the ship to check if there are any dangers the area.
This particular cruise ship guard however failed to notice one polar bear in the vicinity, and was surprised when the bear behaved as bears do, injuring the man's head in the process.
A second cruise guard who was accompanying the first the opened fire, all the in the name of "self-defense."
The first guard wasn't too badly injured and everyone else remained safe.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises issued a statement apologizing for the incident, and said the intervention was needed "to protect the life of the attacked person."
Most people on social media were outraged though, with comedian Ricky Gervais and long-time animal activist chiming in, blaming humans for being "morons" for trespassing into the areas where the polar bears reside.