Wildlife Photography Supergrass Claims the BBC Fakes Most Baby Mammal Shots

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those cute wildlife documentary images of baby things nestling up to their mummies are likely to be faked, according to a former BBC photographer, who claims the majority of shots of extremely young mammals are filmed in sets, zoos, and custom enclosures, then spliced in with real-world outdoor footage.

In a scandal that could only be topped by David Attenborough getting the Operation Yewtree call, wildlife photographer Doug Allan told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that anything "smaller than a baby rabbit" is likely to have been shot separately in a controlled environment. He says that's not a bad thing, though, as it obviously avoids distressing wild animals by poking cameras down their holes, but that the BBC ought to make it clearer this is common practise lest it be accused of fakery.

Speaking about the methods used, Allen explained: "You can't make a film about mice just by going out into a meadow and looking at mice. You need to introduce them to a safely built set in which they will be happy." [Telegraph]

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