Wildlife filmmaker John Downer captured never-before-seen footage of the animals in the Arctic

By People Staff
Updated March 11, 2011 10:00 PM

Do you know what polar bears do, when they’re just being polar bears in the wild?

They jump, they swim, they roll around in the snow – and they even play with spies.

The wildlife filmmaker John Downer placed disguised robotic cameras in areas of the Arctic Circle where the animal known as “God’s dog” roams freely. The amazing footage was filmed remotely, with the filmmakers sometimes 60 miles away from the bears. The spy cameras pick up “a magic that you cannot capture with a normal camera,” Downer says. “It is like a secret world.”