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Discovery's Bear Grylls injured on Antarctic trip

December 7, 2008 | 12:55 pm

Bear_grylls_k29uz3nc_300 British adventurer Bear Grylls, host of the Discovery Channel series "Man vs. Wild," was injured Friday during an expedition to Antarctica.

The network said Sunday that Grylls injured his shoulder in a fall. "Bear is currently on route back to the U.K. to get the medical attention he needs," a statement said. "Once he sees a doctor, we will have a better sense of the level of seriousness of his shoulder injury and the recovery time needed to get him back to his full physical activity."

Grylls was not filming for Discovery but was involved in a private expedition for Ethanol Ventures, a biofuels group.

The Mail on Sunday, a British newspaper, reported that Grylls had fractured his shoulder and had been airlifted to South Africa in a dramatic rescue operation. Grylls' blog has not been updated since Nov. 14 and contained no information about the incident.

Grylls' program has been criticized in the past for staging scenes (Discovery has since added a disclaimer to the program). During his years in the British military, Grylls seriously injured his back in a parachuting accident.

-- Scott Collins 

(Photo courtesy Corey Rich / Discovery Channel)