It seems like humans keep pushing the limits regarding the lengths that they’ll go to when it comes to understanding, observing and learning more about the power of animals in their natural habitats. Just think – off the coast of South Africa and even in certain areas around San Diego, you can actually take a charter boat and cage dive with Great White Sharks. And you may have seen the recent Discovery Channel special, “Eaten Alive,” where a naturalist and wildlife filmmaker donned a special type of body suit to test the constriction power of the giant anaconda and, yes, possibly become swallowed by the serpent.
But before “Eaten Alive,” there was this up close and personal encounter with a brown bear. The three-and-a-half minute demonstration, which was uploaded by National Geographic, shows what it might be like to get attacked by a brown bear. Now, the “test subject” in this case was protected by a special metal cage, similar to how an adventure and nature enthusiast would be protected from Great Whites should they decide to cage dive with them, but it’s still pretty cool to see the bear treat this cage like a rag doll, tossing it around with relative ease. For instance, when the cage is tipped, if not for that special seat and safety belt, that could still cause some pretty serious injury.
The star of the is the bear, Brody, a 1,500-pound beast with four-inch long claws. Brody actually seems pretty friendly – just take a gander at the crew and others within the confined area that are pretty close to the action. In fact, in order to get Brody to show any type of interest in the cage and test subject, he had to be tempted with what the narrator says is his favorite food – fried chicken. (We don’t know about you, but we’ve certainly gone to some pretty serious lengths to get our favorite food, but they don’t include manhandling a metal cage.)
Bears are cool, powerful and quite fascinating creatures. And if there’s anything that can be gained from a stunt such as this, it’s that they’re certainly not a forced to be reckoned with in their natural habitat. While only about 3 people nationwide die due to a bear attack each year, you can see how strong these animals truly are.
So, let’s hear it? Would you be willing to tease a bear with its favorite food behind the safety of a steel cage? It would certainly be a cool experience and probably a bit more safe than cage diving with Great Whites or attempting to get eaten alive by a giant 25-foot snake.