A trio of refugees attempting to sneak into Britain in the back of a lorry were given the shock of their lives when they forced the rear doors open and came face-to face with a polar bear bound for Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The men were among a group of refugees who stopped a convoy of trucks outside Calais’ notorious Jungle camp at 4am yesterday morning.
In incredible footage one terrified man is seen to take one look at the one year old bear called Nissan before running away.
But this did not deter his determined friend, who still boarded the lorry and hid behind the bear’s steel cage.
Amazingly, the men spent ten minutes huddled in total darkness before French police, acting on a tip off, removed them from the truck.
Nissan, who has come from Moscow Zoo, is safely settling in at the Wildlife Park in Branton today.