German photographers Marion and Dieter were visiting the Nuremberg Zoo earlier this month when they came across an odd sight: one of the polar bears named Felix was chomping on a $2,100+ Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS telephoto lens. Apparently another lady was trying to change lenses while standing at the edge of the enclosure, and accidentally let the 70-200mm slip out of her grasp and into Felix’s territory.
The photographers may have had slight smirks on their faces: Dieter shoots with a Nikon D300 and Marion shoots with a Nikon D90. They managed to snap series of photos showing Felix gnawing at the lens, smoking it like a cigar, and flicking it into his pool.
P.S. The couple also regularly visits the zoo to shoot “wildlife” images of the animals. You can find their galleries here.
Thanks for sending in the tip, Markus!
Image credits: Photographs by Marion and Dieter