The dangers of being a wildlife photographer [video]Gordon Buchananpolar bearpolar bearswildlife photographer
This big, old polar bear apparently found itself a pic-a-nic, but veteran wildlife documentarian Gordon Buchanan isn’t laid out on a checkered tablecloth, so much as encased in not-so-tasty safety perspex box.
Good thing, too, seeing as the hungry mother tried to find a way in for a terrifying forty-five minutes.
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.’
Beware the animals.Posted by Kate Rinsema