Winnipeg man wards off polar bear with cellphone
Cornered by a polar bear that had already swatted and bitten him, a desperate Garett Kolsun turned to the only device he could think of and thrust his cellphone into the raging bear's face, distracting it long enough for him to escape.
Kolsun is grateful to be alive today after his encounter with a polar bear in Churchill, Man., on Saturday. The Winnipeg man went to Churchill two weeks ago for a job, his first time in the northern town.
While walking to where he was staying around 1:30 Saturday morning, Kolsun noticed something out of the corner of his eye.
"As I looked over, I could see a polar bear charging me. It was running full tilt towards me," he said Monday, his voice still raspy from yelling. "So I turned to try to run to find someplace safe to go. But where I was there was no place to really go."
(snip) "So I turned on the bear and it just kept charging. It came up closer and I started yelling and screaming and trying to raise my arms up to keep the bear away from me as best I could," he said. "I kept running in circles and backwards and yelling, hollering for help and everything else."
Desperate MoveHe ran up to a bakery, and tried kicking open the front door.
"At that point the bear was basically right on top of me," he said. "I was yelling and screaming, trying to keep it away from me. Throughout all this it had swatted at me a few times and it had bit me."
"So I pulled my cellphone out of my pocket, turned it on and the screen lit up," he said. "I turned it towards the bear, put it in his face and it stepped back."
It turned the tide.
"When it stepped back, luckily it knocked over a planter. It startled the bear and it turned its head. So when it did, I just ran."
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