When Brad Josephs set up his GoPro camera on a recent expedition to Alaska, all he wanted was some up-close footage of grizzly bears for the BBC’s Great Bear Stakeout. Instead, he captured a much more personal look down the throat of one curious animal.
In the video above, you see a young bear approach the camera (which was strapped to a rock with a rubber band) and begin to gnaw on the equipment. Luckily, the GoPro was enclosed in a hard, plastic case and so the equipment was not damaged, according to Josephs’ blog. Aimed directly down the bear’s throat, the camera captured video that is both entrancing and slightly terrifying.
While the video may be titled “A Grizzly Ate My GoPro!!!” Josephs is careful to specify that the bear just “gently mouthed” the camera. A grizzly bear's normal diet consists of both vegetation and animals, including fish and small and large mammals.
Josephs is a naturalist interpreter specializing in bear biology and leads trips in the United States, Canada and China for Natural Habitat Adventures. To read more about his adventures, visit his blog.