Big Cat Week
On Monday I watched the “Big Cat Week” programme on BBC1 and was saddened and a little bit annoyed at the dumbing-down of documentaries. Admittedly, it was directed at a younger audience, but I remember watching proper “grown-up” documentaries when I was a kid and I can still clearly remember some of the information provided, whereas I don’t imagine any of the children remembering what they hear on this programme. Albeit, that can only be good as some of the statements made during the programme were utterly ridiculous and hardly any useful information was presented.
She’s slinking along.
When she (Bella the leopard) was clearly bounding along some rocks in plain sight. This is not only misleading, it is wrong! If the kids don’t know what slinking means, they will link the wrong action to it and if they do, they’ll just be confused.
It’s going to take the whole leopard team to keep track of her.
Isn’t that why they have an entire team and not just you, lady in your jeep, who only turns up to inanely fill the silence? At this point would it not have been appropriate to tell us why it’s so hard to keep track of her, giving an insight into leopard behaviour?
Toto is sooo tiny. (Repeated at least three times. We get the point!) I can fit that little cub into my two hands.
Apparently size is all that matters, not the dangers that face him and the measures provided by Nature to counteract these. At one point, he even gives the impression that the mother Cheetah won’t be able to find Toto (her cub) despite his repeated cries because of the tall grass!!! And, he never went on to explain that the cub is well camouflaged and has a specific cry for the mother to find him.
These are high-octane cats, by anyone’s standards.
Does anyone set standards for cats? And, if you did, wouldn’t it be that they are high-octane?
Well, if you can’t eat it, play with it!
Great advice to give children.