Too Close for Comfort: Nose-to-Nose with Polar Bears

New BBC documentary leaves cameraman in fear while filming Arctic animals.
1:59 | 01/05/13

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Transcript for Too Close for Comfort: Nose-to-Nose with Polar Bears
Talk about getting too close for comfort. Try standing nose-to-nose with a polar bear. And having that moment caught on camera. We have been showing you the pictures all morning. It's part of a new documentary that's going to be airing soon on the bbc. The cameraman called it one of the scariest experiences of his life. Check it out. Can bite through. Reporter: A face-to-face encounter with a 1,000-pound, 8-foot-tall polar bear. I can feel her pushing all her weight. Reporter: Wildlife photographer gordon buchanan came to arctic norway to photograph a family of polar bears. But he got closer than he planned. She's coming closer and closer. Oh, my god. She is enormous. Reporter: He's inside what he calls his ice cube. The on-ice version of a shark cage. And he's only equipped with his cameras. He's gather information before she approaches, like it could when stalking a seal. The strongest and weakest point, the door. Reporter: The bear tries to claw his way in for 40 minutes. Appreciate it for what this animal is. One of the most powerful animals on the planet. One of the most intentive animals on the planet. One of the few that sees us as food. Reporter: Food the bear is determined to get to. You can sniff me, good. Reporter: A dangerous encounter that buchanan is actually lucky to have survived. It was one of the most terrifying things that I've ever done. And I did it intentionally. Reporter: He says this close-up was worth the close call. It was a strange mixer of terror and comedy because it felt like a monumentally stupid thing to do. But it was incredible.

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