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Polar Bear Filmed Close Up In Arctic Norway By BBC Camerman Gordon Buchanan (PICTURES, VIDEO)

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It's not often you get this close to a hungry polar bear.

But BBC filmaker Gordon Buchanan braved the weather, and something far scarier, to film the 8ft arctic creature in the Arctic Norway.

The MailOnline reports Buchanan endured a 40 minute attack, all the while observing - and filming - through a perspex safety box.

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Up close: The polar bear is visible through the transparent box

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BBC filmaker Gordon Buchanan braved the weather - and a polar bear

Speaking about his experience, he said "without a doubt she wanted me for lunch. She was so persistent, looking for a weak spot for almost 45 minutes.

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The footage will be used in the BBC 2 series 'The Polar Bear Family and Me'

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The cameraman says he thought the polar bear wanted him for lunch

"I was terrified and you could hear my heartbeat on the mic. It really was a sensational moment and a worrying situation.

"It shows how enormous and powerful they are."

The Polar Bear Family and Me will show on BBC2 on January 7 at 9.30pm.

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