A man got the shock of his life today when he leapt out of bed to his son’s cries of “Polar bear!”
Louis Reardon said his 29-year-old son, Damien, woke up to the bear breaking open their dining room door in Newfoundland, Canada.
The 55-year-old father said he fired two shots over the bear’s head to frighten it.
“A polar bear doesn’t usually back down,” he said.
His cousin, Daniel Reardon, said the bear broke in doors at three other homes and killed sheep and ducks at a nearby stable without stopping to eat them.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said wildlife officers shot the bear, which witnesses estimate weighed at least 300lb (135kg).