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I Was Prey

I Was Prey

  • Premiered: 
    July 16, 2017
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  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Using survivor interviews and actual footage, I WAS PREY is a one-hour series that chronicles the real-life true stories of people who found themselves in life-or-death situations with a dangerous animal -- but survived to tell their tales. Each 60-minute episode features two stories, including: Erin Greene, who was walking home from a Halloween party in small arctic town when a polar bear chased her down; triathlete Chuck Anderson, who was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when a bull shark attacked, biting his arm and pulling him to the ocean floor; Andrea Schalke, who was volunteering at an animal sanctuary when a chimpanzee escaped its enclosure and chased her down; surfer Todd Endris, who was ready to catch a wave when a great white shark knocked him off his board and attacked him; Jim Lane, who was picking blueberries alone in the Blue Ridge Mountains when a rattlesnake to the opportunity to strike; teacher Rachael Lilienthal, who was swimming in a Florida river when an alligator bit down on her arm, pulling her underwater and doesn't let go; diver Tim Saxon, who was filming underwater at the Great Barrier Reef when a Irukandji jellyfish stung him; forester George Knoll, who was working in the remote Great Bear Rainforest when a grizzly bear attacked; and more.

The sophomore season of I WAS PREY premiered on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. In the season opener, "Vacation Nightmare," hiking in the Montana mountains, trail engineer Todd Orr is attacked twice by grizzly bear protecting her cubs. And, during a vacation in the Bahamas, Tiffany Johnson is snorkeling when she finds herself face to face with a tiger shark.
Season 3 of I WAS PREY premiered on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. The new season features stories of encounters with sharks, snakes, hippos, elephants mountain lions and many other potentially deadly creatures that remind us it's an animal world and we just live in it. In the season opener, "Grisly Encounters," Jordan Carbery is investigating a noise outside his cabin and encounters a massive grizzly bear. Days before their destination-wedding, Zanele Fox and her husband take a river tour when she is thrown from her raft and ravaged by a crocodile.

Other Titles

  • Previously known as: Human Prey
  • Aired in repeats as: I Was Prey: Close Encounters

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Hit+Run