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File - In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Polar bears trapped a team of scientists in the Arctic until a passing ship rescued them


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It's dangerous to go out, as we have run short of any means to scare off the predators.
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Five Russian scientists were trapped in a station in Troynoy Island in the Arctic for weeks -- not because of a snowstorm, but because they were surrounded by 10 polar bears and their cubs.

The bears were finally scared off by a passing research vessel Tuesday night, <b>USA Today reports</b>.

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A passing research vessel called the Akademik Tryoshnikov deployed its helicopter and the crew helped drive off the bears. No research vessels were supposed to stop by Troynoy Island for a month.

The ship also dropped off "pyrotechnical devices" (presumably flares) and puppies -- possibly to compensate for when bears ate two of the researchers' dogs.

Diminishing ice caps are leaving bears with insufficient sea ice, and some are venturing dangerously close to humans, <b>The Guardian reports</b>.

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