Polar bear breaks into Alaska home
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3:50 PM - Ruby Kaleak has a part-time job doing polar bear patrol in the village of Kaktovik, Alaska, so she's used to shooing the animals away-- but she's never had to chase one out of a home.
Kaleak was working a shift Friday when she received a call about a polar bear inside a home.
"They didn't say where or who," she told Reuters.
"I thought that one of the young boys in town was pulling a prank."
Kaleak traced the call and drove to the house where it came from. That's where she saw a shadow in the home's doorway -- which turned into the head of a giant polar bear.
"I was shocked. It was humongous," Kaleak said.
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"Just the neck and head was half the size of me, and I'm 5 (feet) 2 (inches)."
Apparently the bear was eating a drum of seal oil that belong to the homeowner, 81-year-old Betty Brower.
When the bear broke in, Brower crawled to a radio to call bear patrol.
No one was injured in the incident.
Kalek speculates that a lack of food may be driving the bears into residential areas.
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