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    Default How a camera attached to an elephant's trunk captured amazing jungle views

    We revealed the amazing story of how four tiger cubs were captured on special cameras in logs carried by elephants - giving the most intimate insight into their early lives ever recorded.


    Now, we show for the first time other creatures of the jungle caught in this extraordinary - and pioneering - way.
    Cheeky langur monkeys, a rare sloth bear, spotted deer and a leopard with her cub are just some of the other animals that film-maker John Downer came across in his fascinating experiment.
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    Spot the difference: Two playful leopards get in a tangle




    Nothing's beyond my reach: This curious langur monkey seems eager to be hands on



    He fixed webcams to four elephants. One carried a "trunk-cam" - a device resembling a huge log concealing a camera which could be held in its trunk and dangled close to the ground.
    Another had a "tusk-cam" hooked over its tusk. The elephants moved so steadily that the images are pin-sharp. Other log-cams were left on the forest floor.
    The high-definition cameras were created by inventor Geoff Bell for a documentary in the remote Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India.
    Downer used them to record the first two years of the cubs' lives.
    Along the way, images of other animals were captured by chance - or when the otherwise camera-shy creatures investigated the equipment.
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    Nice work, detective: An elephant with a 'trunk-cam'



    Downer said he came up with the idea three years ago when his team started filming the tigers.
    He noticed how gently the forest elephants carried firewood to their camp and wondered if they'd be as delicate with a camera.
    "And they were," he enthused. "Elephants do not see tigers as a threat, and tigers are comfortable with elephants. So we had the perfect team."
    The langur monkeys in the reserve provide fascinating pictures as they became transfixed by their reflections in the log-cams.
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    Fur from the madding crowd: A sloth bear checks in



    On the prowl: Can this red dog sniff something out?



    The footage also resulted in incredible close-ups of jackals, boars and birds. Such access to wildlife usually eludes visitors.
    But, explained Downer: "Elephants are natural inhabitants of the reserve, so the tigers aren't fazed at all by them. Eventually, they realise that we humans are no risk either.
    "So we became, effectively, invisible - filming one of the world's most beautiful creatures in a way no one has ever done before."
    The three-part documentary Tiger: Spy In The Jungle begins on BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm.
    Don't go poking your nose in my business! This keen-eyed heron has nothing on the old bill



    Snout and about: A wild boar hogs the camera as it logs in for a close-up while wallowing in a muddy pool </B>



    Smile you're on ele-vision: How a camera attached to an elephant's trunk captured amazing jungle views | the Daily Mail

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    Cute pics.

    Although that camera must be heavy to carry.
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    Wonderful photos. That is my dream...to photograph wildlife

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    Great pictures. Thanks for posting this!

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    That's cool but the camera looks kind of awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    Cute pics.

    Although that camera must be heavy to carry.
    Lol, not for the worlds biggest land animal, methinks!

    They use those Tuskers to gather wood, drag logs (building houses, fences, etc). A wee camera like that would feel like nothing to an elephant.

    I love how much the monkey interacted with the elephant, no fear. I love it when animals co-operate.
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    I am so gonna watch this

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    On an elephant's trunk? I don't think so. What animal would be brave enough to go that close, and then stare at the trunk so close. Seems like a set-up to me.

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    They are checking it out!!!! Love this!!

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