11 Videos of Animals Acting Out Against GoPro Cameras
Along with increasingly lush nature documentaries and the proliferation of animal cams — see “Who Needs Zoos? In Praise of Nature Cams” for more on that — there’s been another development in the history of capturing images of the natural world: the popularity of GoPro cameras.
GoPros are more commonly associated with action sports, but their rugged design has clearly proved attractive to wildlife documentarians, too. (We reported on the rise of GoPro last year; most recently the company has been in the news thanks to a successful IPO.)
But the most interesting thing about GoPros in the wild — whether wielded by adventurous nature lovers or simply left alone in strategic untamed corners of the world — is that they give us a chance to deduce what animals think about having human technology in their midst.
The answer? They attack it, confiscate it, and indifferently stomp it. Or at least that’s what I conclude from these 11 videos.
1. “Eaten” by grizzly
This happy-go-lucky bear doesn’t literally eat the camera, but when it discovers it after a cheerful, fish-catching river romp, it does seem to consider making the gizmo its dessert.
2. Stolen by monkey
Perhaps annoyed at having its picture taken by a tourist, this Balinese monkey simply takes the thing, runs away — and makes selfies.
3. Kicked by giraffe
Human gadgetry is beneath the notice of this magnificent creature. Way beneath.