To capture the lions of Masai Mara on camera, British wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas devised with an ingenious solution — his wheeled, shielded, and camouflaged Beetlecam. After teasing out the kinks of his first model, he set this new version to roam around the Kenyan savannah. As you can see above, Beetlecam's thick hide was an absolute necessity. Explains Burrard-Lucas at his blog:

Two weeks later, our armoured BeetleCam was scarred and battered; the screws that held it together were losing their thread and the carapace was covered in scratches and bite marks. However, we could breathe a sigh of relief because we had reached the end of our trip and we hadn't lost a camera this time!

Here's but a sampling of the many astounding photographs that Beetlecam escaped away with. You can see many more here (1, 2, 3). Burrard-Lucas will also build you a Beetlecam if there are big cats in your neighborhood that require circumspect snooping.

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

[Via IEEE Spectrum]