Bears around the globe were observed in their natural habitat using specially designed and disguised cameras.

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Using specially designed and camouflaged cameras this documentary offers an intimate look into the secret lives of bears in various parts of the world. The disguised spy-cams blend into the bears natural environment to capture a glimpse of the everyday life of these engaging creatures. Unprecedented footage of wild Pandas in their native bamboo groves in China shows never seen before activities of these elusive and endangered bears. The documentary also gives a new insight into the lives of Grizzly bears and Arctic Polar bears. The last bear shown is the South American Spectacled bear, the inspiration for Paddington Bear. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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David Attenborough and his spy cams strike again!
6 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This BBC documentary is one of several that use the same idea in order to get close to animals in the wild without, hopefully, disturbing them or getting the camera people killed! I've also seen similar films where mobile and hidden cameras are disguised and surreptitiously film elephants, lions and penguins (though penguins RARELY savage film crews...they're much more likely to want to interact with them). In this particular case, a wide variety of methods are used to hide the cameras--putting them inside fake logs, in giant fake snowballs and disguised by mirrors. As I said, this GENERALLY worked, but in the case of black bears, these particular bears seemed to delight in discovering and destroying the cameras-- the first time any of the animals in all these films behaved this way. I thought it was funny and made the film a lot more interesting.

One other way that the documentary differed from the lion and elephant ones is that instead of focusing on one species, it followed a wide variety of bears--grizzlies, pandas, spectacle bears, black bears and polar bears. Because there were so many different ones, I really think the film should have been longer in order to allow a better exploration of each type of bear. Still, it's an enjoyable and fun nature documentary.


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