Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Annar ísbjörn...

2 in less than 2 weeks... What am I speaking about? I'm speaking about polar bear. Once again the bear was spotted in the same region of Iceland: Skagafjörður.

The killing of the first bear on June 3rd made the headlines on the papers the following day and the question was asked about the necessity of killing the bear. On this question, the Icelanders who have answered are really divided.

A little over 55% were against the shooting of the animal whereas almost 45% were for it. This first killing must have trigger something because the second bear was supposed to be saved.

This was the plan (from
This time the polar bear will be saved if possible. Polar bear sightings are rare in Iceland, but over a period of two weeks Iceland has had two. According to local newspapers “it has been planned to sedate it and move it to Greenland or Denmark”. The Danish zoo worker, Carsten Gröndhal, has been sent to Iceland and is preparing the save with local help. Carsten is the head vet at the Copenhagen Zoo.

According to sources the idea is to “shoot” the bear within the next 24 hours and move him to his natural location or the Copenhagen Zoo. Habitats of the farm Hraun, near were the bear was spotted have been asked to stay in and people have been urged not to come close.

According to local newspapers the bear is living a live of luxury eating eggs and birds at a local bird area and looks relaxed.

The Icelandic billionaire Björgulfur Thor Björgulfsson has offered through his company, Novator, to pay for the saving the bear and transport to a save environment.

Unfortunately this was not a "A-Team" plan and Hannibal Smith would not have been able to say: "I love it when a plan comes together"... While trying to capture the wild animal, this one tried to escape and was shot down before he could reach the sea.

Weather outside: Sunny, 12°C

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


A polar bear (ísbjörn) was sighted yesterday morning on Þverárfjall by Sauðárkrókur in the North of the country. This is extremely rare: the polar bear gets stranded on an iceberg that some currents would bring close to Iceland.

The police was asked to kill to wild animal as shows the picture (Páll Kristinsson). A polar bear is surely not in the best of moods after having spend several days on tiny block of ice in the middle of the ocean... So no risk were taken and the animal was shot down.

The question of the day, spurning dagsins, in Fréttablaðið is: "Was it necessary to shoot down the polar bear?"
We will have to wait until tomorrow to get the final answer of the survey but already 57.3% have answered NO.

If you wonder what was the question from the previous day? "Have you eaten whale meat?" 68% Yes and 32% No.

Weather outside: mostly sunny, 10°C