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Bear Grylls faces fine after 'murdering a frog'


TV SURVIVAL expert Bear Grylls is facing a fine of up to £4,000 after he killed and ate a frog for his Running Wild series.

The former SAS man was ‘living off the land’ with American ballroom dancer Derek Hough near the Rila mountains in Bulgaria when he captured a frog, gutted it and cooked it over a campfire before eating it.

The Bulgarian environment ministry said, in a statement released this week: "It is evident from the film material that during the shooting there were breaches to the regulations and rules of conduct in protected areas.

“[These include] entering and swimming in the water basin of the Karakashevo lake, lighting a fire, and catching and killing an animal."

The series’ production company faces a possible fine of  up to €5,000 (£4,350) while Grylls and Hough could personally receive fines of between 250-2,500 euros.

Of the 172 types of vertebrates living in Rila, 121 of them are registered in the Bulgarian Red List of Threatened Species, and 158 are listed under the Council of Europe’s Bern Convention.

Grylls is known for his ability to find food wherever he goes.

Asked by the Daily Telegraph to name the worst thing he had ever eaten, Bear (real name Edward) replied: "Probably raw goat’s testicles. They didn’t exactly melt in the mouth and I threw up immediately after.”

Grylls has been criticised for unnecessarily killing animals before.

Veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough said of Grylls’s show The Island: “We’ve never killed an animal. Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself. But I wouldn’t willingly kill an animal just to get a shot.”

There was also controversy after one of the crew on Grylls’s Born Survivor series that after scenes where he bit the heads off snakes and sucked the moisture from fishes’ eyeballs the star would stay overnight in nearby hotels and breakfast on blueberry pancakes.