Thursday, June 25, 2009

What the papers say...

The Sheerness Times Guardian of Thursday 25th June 2009:

From Our Files

50 years ago...A Sheerness man attacked by a bear as he slept was refusing to talk to reporters. He was humiliated by the deep scratches to his head, hands and face, which were caused by a honey bear, the same size as a child's teddy bear.

The creature, which had been brought to England by a relative, had been locked in the bathroom, but was let out in error by the man's wife. Charles O' Neill was fast asleep at home in Medway Road when he awoke to find the bear clawing at him. The animal was caught and accepted into London Zoo.

Mr O' Neill was deeply embarrassed by the incident, calling it "bizarre in the extreme".

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