BBC CAMERAMAN EATEN BY WALRUS
A TOP BBC cameraman has told how he was nearly swallowed by a hungry WALRUS!
Wildlife expert Doug Allan spent months living in Antarctica for new BBC1 documentary series Operation Iceberg.
But the tough-nut Scot, 61, says filming almost ended in his DEATH after a snarling beast tried to drag him to an icy grave.
Doug revealed: “I was off the ice edge and a walrus came up from below and grabbed me round the waist.
“That’s the way they attack seals. My reaction was to lash out and punch him on the head.
“Luckily, he let me go. But he could easily have taken me down deep – and that would have been the end of me.”
Doug also had a potentially deadly encounter with a polar bear in 2006 while shooting BBC programme Planet Earth.
Doug, who has just released a new book of his greatest wildlife photographs ‘Freeze Frame’, added: “We were there to find a polar bear’s den and film a mother and her cubs emerging.
“We were living in a cabin built in the 1930s.
“Quite a few bears came to have a look at us, but this one seemed a bit more determined.
“We heard him scratching outside on the walls, then his face appeared at the window.
“On nights like that you don’t get a lot of sleep. If he was desperate enough, he could easily have smashed through the walls.”
ICE SCREAM: Doug, below, was a meal target for a onetonne walrus with huge tusks