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Friday, January 4, 2013

Polar Bear Tries to Eat Photographer.... To No Avail

Cameraman Gordon Buchanan endured 45-minute attack from hungry female bear who wanted to feed her cubs.
'I've never been terrified 
for 40 minutes 
before' ~ Buchanan
This is the terrifying moment a wildlife cameraman comes face-to-face with a deadly 1,000lb polar bear looking for its next meal. The hungry eight-foot predator repeatedly attacks the safety perspex box - the on-ice equivalent of a shark cage - housing helpless Gordon Buchanan like a tasty human piñata.
[via daily mail uk]
Terrifying: This is the moment that wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came face to face with a hungry polar bear

'Without a doubt, she wanted me for lunch': Gordon Buchanan's reinforced perspex pod protected him
This is the moment that wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan came face to face with a hungry polar bear in Svalbard, in the northern-most region of Arctic Norway, for his three-part BBC series The Polar Bear Family and Me

Persistent: The 1,000kg female polar bear spent nearly 45 minutes trying to get to the cameraman
"fee fie foe fum, I smell the blood of a Scotsman." ~ P. Bear.
Heart-stopping moment: This shows the size of the adult polar bear compared to the cameraman

Ferocious attack: The cameraman had a good view of the bear's enormous teeth

Starving: The female bear was determined to find food for herself and her two young cubs

'You could hear my heart beating on the mic': Buchanan was inches from the bear's jaws
'Without a doubt, she wanted me for lunch': Gordon Buchanan's reinforced perspex pod protected him

The pod was built of perspex and metal and withstood the fierce onslaught from the eight-foot predator
'I've never been terrified for 40 minutes before': The bear could smell Buchanan and was determined to get him

Buchanan described the pod as 'bombproof' but said there was a danger it could become brittle in the cold

The female bear, with its powerful paws and giant teeth, was trying to get hold of the 40-year-old so she could feed herself and her two young cubs.
Mr Buchanan, who has filmed the world’s deadliest creatures for 20-years, described the ordeal as his scariest ever experience.
He said: 'A lot of people think that carnivores are intrinsically dangerous but most aren’t - there’s a minimal risk and attacks are the exception. 'But polar bears are different, without a doubt she wanted me for lunch. She was so persistent, looking for a weak spot for almost 45 minutes.
'I was terrified and you could hear my heartbeat on the mic. It really was a sensational moment and a worrying situation.
'It shows how enormous and powerful they are.


Read more:
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257088/Starving-polar-bear-attacks-BBC-cameraman-pod-Arctic-Norway.html#ixzz2H2SduBrp 

The bear roared as she attacked the pod with the Scotsman inside
The bear rocked the pod back and forth with its paws in an attempt to break it and get to its human prey

'It's getting quite hairy in here': The footage shows the photographer becoming more and more frightened as the attack went on

Incredible footage shows the photographer just a perspex cage away from polar bear's attack.




'The landscape is pretty featureless and it's amazing how they appear from nowhere': A polar bear spots the cameraman

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