Watch A Polar Bear Try And Eat A Man Inside A Perspex Box

As part of an upcoming BBC series called "Polar Bear Family and Me", wildlife photographer and film maker Gordon Buchanan decided to plonk himself inside a perspex enclosure so he could safely capture footage of the Arctic mammals in their natural environment. He probably should have expected that, eventually, one would attempt to turn him into dinner.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, the polar bear spent 45 minutes trying to figure out how to crack open the annoying transparent casing to get at the juicy human meat inside. Fortunately for Buchanan, polar bears haven't yet mastered the skills of lockpicking... or demolition.

The clip here only shows two minutes of his ordeal, which Buchanan describes as "the most difficult thing I have done and the scariest". From the Daily Mail:

"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."

Well, try not to look so delicious next time.


Video: BBC


    No way I'm trusting that job to clear plastic, polymer or not!!!


    Unless that plastic is made from some dwarven methrill or adamantium Fibreglass, I'm not trusting it. You crazy, man. Y u no go to zoo?

    Found it

    Starving polar bear attacks BBC cameraman pod Arctic ... - YouTube
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      ^ Thanks mate, the embedded player kept on saying it is loading.

      I'm pretty sure that the enclosure was built with polycarbonate (Lexan) which is super strong (acrylic would have just cracked with that much pressure), that stuff even 1/4 inch thick is virtually unbreakable as we use it in our race cars.

      The thing that would stress me is not the plastic but the gaps. I have seen footage of a black bear tear apart a car like opening a sardine can, all it needed was to get its claws in the gap of the door and after that it was pure strength all the way.

    Hopefully he had an effective firearm in case the bear did get in..... (followed the above link.)

    At that range, probably a heavy hitting pistol would be best... The bear would know that thi was not a good meal then.

    Author: The cage, appeared to have an internal latch, so lock picking not possible...

    If it was supposed to be a "Hide", why not make it a little better sealed (and possibly a little more blending in with the environment), no point being "Invisible" (not) if the bear can smell you 5 miles away.. Obviously to the bear it looked like some meat in a very easy to access cage oops, there is clear stuff in the way... smart bear, looking for a way in.

    Maybe this will become a new sport, like cage diving... hey the tourist operators can bait the bears (wait for the increase in bear attacks in adjacent regions.)

    Last edited 06/01/13 11:50 pm

    Thank God it wasn't gorilla glass.

      Thank god it wasnt made by Apple!

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