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Faking Wildlife Scenes Not Uncommon in BBC Documentaries

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"...there is an implied promise that what you're seeing is real."

Last week, BBC's Frozen Planet, narrated by famed zoologist David Attenborough, came under fire when it was revealed that a scene of a polar bear and her two newborn cubs was staged in a zoo. In the following days the Daily Mail reported other scenes that were not filmed with the animals in their natural environment, including one of a caterpillar crawling around in a wintry scene that really took place in a box.

More recently, The Sunday Telegraph conducted an investigation and found several more faked scenes in various BBC productions.

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