It has been a week since we posted the Adventures of BeetleCam article on this blog and since then we have been overwhelmed by the incredible response it has received. BeetleCam has already been featured in national newspapers and we have been interviewed for various TV and radio programmes around the world. It has been a crazy week for us!
One of the stories that has captured peoples’ attention is the mauling of our beloved Canon EOS 400D by a mischievous lioness. In this post we relive the encounter and release previously unseen images.
Having spotted a pride of lions lazing around under a tree, we decided to pit BeetleCam against Africa’s top predator (yes, thanks for comments, we know this wasn’t a smart idea). True to their nature, the lions quickly spotted the helpless creature blundering towards them and thought it would make a convenient snack. After the slowest chase in history, the bemused lioness caught up with BeetleCam and fastened her jaws around our camera. BeetleCam was hoisted into the air and the lioness ran off into the bush with her prize.
At this point it became clear that this was no ordinary lioness… this was a budding photographer! In the first ever feline photo walk, the talented cat dabbled in landscape photography and self-portraiture.
Unfortunately it wasn’t long before the over-zealous snapper put a canine through the mirror box and the photo walk was prematurely concluded.
The destructive kitty lost interest in the now useless camera and went off in search of something more edible. We swooped in to recover the stricken BeetleCam and our mangled camera. By some miracle the memory card survived and on reviewing the photographs we were surprised to discover that the lioness had a knack for experimental composition and abstract art.
Update: The BeetleCam website is now live: BeetleCam Project