The man who shot dead a polar bear which had attacked him and killed a British schoolboy after it rampaged through a Norwegian campsite may need further surgery.

Michael "Spike" Reid, 29, is expected to undergo further surgery at a hospital in his hometown of Plymouth to treat head injuries he sustained during the attack.

"At the mo I can't breathe, eat or talk thru my mouth. I'm off 4 my big op now. Want my broken jaw, fractured skull & eyesocket damage fixed. The full-day operation will take place at Derriford in Plymouth. I think all the drs are great. Wish me luck," the expedition leader Tweeted.

Reid shot bear which had just killed Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple 17 and mauled two other students, Patrick Flinders from Jersey and Scott Bennell-Smith from Cornwall.

Both students were sharing a tent with Chapple at the time.

Another expedition leader Andy Ruck was also badly injured when he tried to shield the students from the starving bear.

The expedition was being run by the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES).

The group were  camping on the Von Postbreen glacier near Longyearbyen on Svalbard when the attack occurred.

Police are still investigating the cause of the incident including why a trip wire failed to sound the alarm of the bear's arrival in the camp.


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