What would you if a bear approached you and started sniffing you? I’d probably scream and run for my life, but this lady saw a photo opportunity in it. A video recently emerged showing the woman as a bear approached her – and she took her phone out and snapped a selfie.
It’s fairly often that we hear of tragic encounters between wild animals and humans “who just wanted to take a photo.” Still, it doesn’t seem to be enough of a warning for people who want to pose with wild animals for social media.
TikTok user Alessandro Băcăoanu recently published a video of a woman who tried to pose next to a bear while a man photographed her from a car’s roof. The bear lunged at her, and she was lucky to escape fast enough.
We’ve seen some pretty wacky, scary, and plain stupid encounters of photographers and bears. Finnish photographer Tero Pylkkänen was lucky enough to capture a video of two bears fighting in what he called “best bear fight ever.” Two large brown bears started testing each other’s strength just feet away from the photographer, and he caught their fight on camera.
Have you seen the viral drone footage of mama bear and her cub trying to climb up a snow-covered mountain? The baby loses its footing several times and slides back down, but eventually manages to join his mom at the top.
Many people have interpreted this video as a metaphor for determination, but biologists who saw it have a different opinion. The determined baby bear inspired a lot of motivational posters and caused a lot of “awwws.” However, it was apparently the drone that made the animals run in panic in the first place.
We’ve seen a couple of encounters of photographers and bears so far. This video from RM Videos shows a polar bear that got too close to a photographer and did it more than once more than once. But the photographer kept his cool stood up to the animal each time, and then casually went on taking photos.
I thought the wave of stupid selfie deaths had ended, although it seems you’re still more likely to die from a selfie than a shark attack. The latest in the long line of no-longer-with-us selfie shooters is Prabhu Bhatara. The Independent report that after stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Bhataru spotted an injured bear in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India.
They say that fellow passengers suggested it might not be the best idea for him to take a photo with the animal. But it seems that he knew better and tried anyway. After getting close to the bear, it struck out, which was followed by a struggle between the two. They also report that a stray dog came to the man’s defence and bit the bear, while onlookers, umm… looked on, but it failed to deter the bear.
Ah, wildlife photography… What a great way to take some gorgeous shots while also enjoying nature. You sit there, enjoy peace, quiet and beautiful weather, think about stuff, hang out with a bear… Wait, what?
Yup, while he was taking photos, photographer Drew Hammond had a visit from a large bear who approached and sat beside him. It seems like the bear wanted to enjoy the beautiful day himself, and the scene is both adorable and scary as hell.
When we go out to shoot, whether it’s for ourselves or on assignment, we’re often surprised. Usually, it’s in a good way. Sometimes, though, not so much. This photograph is what photographer Troy Moth describes as the most heartbreaking image he’s ever made.
Troy tells DIYP that while on assignment in Northern Ontario, an assignment completely unrelated to bears, he was being taken on a tour of the local area. A friend suggested that there might be some bears at the landfill, so off they went to have a look. He didn’t think much of it along the way there, however, he was not prepared for what he saw.
Some people would pretty stupid things to get a shot, and this guy is definitely one of the examples. The visitor of Banff National Park in Canada wanted to take a close-up photo of a grizzly bear, and he decided to “zoom with his feet.”
He approached the animal and took photos only from a few meters away. At a safe distance, photographer Ray Blanchard watched in disbelief and captured the reckless man through a telephoto lens.