BeetleCam Catches Animals in the Act
HOW YOU DOIN'
A human being could never get this close to a Cape buffalo without risking serious injury, but a remote-controlled camera on wheels did, thanks to the inventiveness of two photographer brothers, Matthew and William Burrard-Lucas.
The brothers spent five months building their little machine, with a few lessons learned from YouTube clips on robotics.
“The more complex you make it, the more things could go wrong, so we tried to keep it pretty simple,” William tells PEOPLEPets.com. “That way, it would be nice and reliable in the field.”
HELLO, MR. ELEPHANT
The most curious of all the animals the BeetleCam encountered was this elephant. Check out his broken tusk – wonder how that happened!
The elephants were wary of the contraption at first, William says. But eventually they grew used to its presence.
EYE OF THE LION
One surprise on their debut outing was seeing their $1,500 machine get chewed up by a lion. Luckily, some wood and string helped fix it up.
Click here to read more about the BeetleCam and the Burrard-Lucases on PEOPLEPets.com!