- TikTok user @titaniusanglosmith has been chronicling his life as a network administrator in the Arctic Circle in a series of videos
- In his most popular clip to date, he gave viewers a tour of the polar bear cage that was built outside of his door to protect him
- He explained that the cage gives him the chance to see if a polar bear is stalking him and prevent him from getting attacked
- The video has been viewed more than 2.7 million timesA man who works as a network administrator in the Arctic Circle has revealed that he has a huge cage outside of his office door to prevent him from getting attacked by a polar bear.
TikTok user @titaniusanglosmith has been documenting his life in the tundra in his fascinating videos that he shares on the platform, earning himself nearly 30,000 followers.
In his most popular clip to date, he gave viewers a tour of the polar bear cage that was built outside of his door to protect him, admitting that it's a 'prison cell of sorts.'
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'This is called a polar bear cage,' he explained. 'Up here in the Arctic Circle, where I work, this is just tundra and polar bears live here. So, sometimes when you walk outside, a polar bear could be stalking you.'
'This gives me the chance to see him,' he added, pointing out that the polar bears are locked out of the cage. 'So I'll just go back inside and not get eaten by a polar bear.'
The video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times and has received thousands of comments.
'RIP to the guy that became the reason for building this,' one person wrote, while another added: 'Imagine getting door camped by a polar bear.'
A number of viewers were concerned that the door was too easy to open, but the man insisted that wasn't the case.
'I can see how it would look like that from what I showed,' he said in a follow-up clip. 'I had actually done a pre-check for safety before I started filming.'
He ended the clip by demonstrating how to open the door, saying: 'This is how it actually works.'
In another TikTok, the man stood outside in minus 37-degree weather to answer fans' questions about polar bears. He was bundled up in a bright orange parka with a hood as he explained how they cater to the wildlife in the Arctic Circle.
'I have, personally, never been stalked by a polar bear,' he said. 'I have seen them, [but] never close enough to actually take a video of. I've seen a lot of them from airplanes and from in the distance.'
'But they're a protected species,' he continued. 'So we try to stay several miles away from them whenever we can, which is always.
'If there are ever any wildlife in an area where we need to go, we won't go there. The animals have priority. They take precedence, and we respect their natural habitat.'
The interest in his work as a network administrator led him to share a video chronicling a typical day for him in the arctic.
Every day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., he spends 12 hours answering IT calls — but at least it's warm in his office. In the clip, he wore a casual T-shirt while sitting at his desks.
When it was time to go home, he unplugged his electric car and scraped the snow and ice off of his windows. He shared footage of the drive, noting that the road 'is made purely out of ice.'
The TikTok ended with him trudging through the snow in minus 86-degree weather and 35 mph winds.
'I will never complain about wearing PPE for work again,' one person commented, while another added: 'And people complain about winters in Michigan's U.P.'
In December, Swedish native Cecilia Blomdahl shared a TikTok video revealing the great lengths she must go to just to walk her dog in the middle of the afternoon in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago just south of the North Pole.
The area is one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world, and it is so far north that it experiences round-the-clock darkness from mid-November to late January.
When Cecilia wants to talk her dogs during this time of year, the photographer must wear several warm layers, a headlamp, and a gun — and her Finnish lapphunds also need to be outfitted for the environment.'
She wears thermals, expedition pants, and a down jacket to stay warm. She also adds a hat and a scarf covering most of her face.
Just as important is the 'Teletubby headlight' on her head, which lights the way because it's totally dark outside — and there aren't exactly street lamps.
'And of course, that's not enough. We have polar bears here, so we have to bring a rifle with us every time we're outside,' she explained, showing herself strapping the gun on.
When she stepped outside, she showed off the 'beautiful weather' that meets her at 4 p.m. It was completely dark, with snow coming down and already packed high on the ground.
While she might have been freezing, the dogs actually loved it. They raced her back to the cabin, stopping a lot along the way to play in the snow.