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Teenage victim of Norway polar bear attack named

The 17-year-old victim of the vicious attack has been named, while four others who were seriously injured have been permitted to return home.

File photo of a polar bear.
File photo of a polar bear.
Image: Petr David Josek/AP/Press Association Images

THE BRITISH TEENAGER who was mauled to death by a polar bear in Norway yesterday has been named as 17-year-old Horatio Chapple, from near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

He was killed while camping with an expedition group in Norway in the country’s northern Svalbard archipelago.

Tributes have poured out for Chapple, an aspiring medical student, today.

Four others in the group, travelling with the British Schools Exploring Society, were seriously injured in the attack and underwent surgery yesterday. Officials said today that the four were now well enough to return home, although two are understood to have suffered serious head and face injuries, Sky News reports.

It is believed that the attack lasted only a matter of seconds before the bear was shot dead by a member of the group, reports the London Telegraph.

The bear’s body will now be forensically examined in order to establish the cause for the vicious attack.

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