Video: Polar bear tries to eat BBC cameraman for lunch
You don’t f*ck about with polar bears. This BBC cameraman had a very close encounter with one for a new documentary.
The man in this video is Gordon Buchanan and he sat himself inside a very rickety perspex box so he could film polar bears.
The BBC camerman’s efforts became a three-part series called The Polar Bear Family and Me, which begins on the BBC next week. And this clip has been posted on YouTube to promote the series.
It shows bits of a 40-minute encounter Buchanan had with a very large, very hungry, bear and he tells AOL how he felt during the long attempt the bear made to turn the cameraman into a packed lunch.
"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. It is the most difficult thing I have done and the scariest. I've not been terrified for 40 minutes before."
We’re pretty sure we would have died of fright in that glorified phone box.