BBC CAM­ERA­MAN EATEN BY WALRUS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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.

Punch

“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

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