Bear smashes £130,000 camera equipment during shoot
Wildlife documentary-makers are going to increasingly cunning means to sneak into the secret world of their subjects but don’t think for a second that the animals are fooled, as these images prove.
Award-winning director John Downer had disguised one of his remote-controlled spy cameras as a large snowball to capture the journey of a polar bear mother and her cub crossing the sea ice in Svalbard, Norway, in search of seals.
But – in a documentary Dowler says captures the bears’ ‘astonishing intelligence’ – this adult male wasn’t having the wool pulled over his eyes.
The ‘blizzard cam’ is on wheels and remote-controlled, and even though the film-maker tried to steer the expensive equipment out of harms way it was no match for an angry polar bear weighing upwards of half a ton.