January 08, 2013
Video: Cameraman Has Close Encounter with Hungry Polar Bear
By Chad Love
A Scottish wildlife cameraman filming polar bears in Norway had a face-to-face encounter with one who tried to break through his safety pod. So if you've ever had the desire to experience what it's like to be a seal in the last moments of its life, but without actually being eaten and digested, then here's a video for you.
From this story in the New York Daily News:
A polar bear chomped her sharp teeth against the protective pod of a wildlife cameraman, who kept his composure as he filmed the horrific encounter, despite being terrified.
Scottish cameraman Gordon Buchanan was filming polar bears throughout the northernmost part of Norway, Svalbard, which is an Arctic archipelago. His team constructed a safety pod, so he could get as close possible to the largest carnivore on earth without turning into lunch.
Obviously the cameraman survived, so I guess that dinky little "pod" is bear-proof, but I'm not convinced that bear was really trying very hard. Either way, I don't think I'd take my chances with a polar bear while sitting inside an over-sized Christmas ornament. Would you?