I’m Starting to Get Uncomfortable Watching Nature Documentaries with my Sons

June 19th, 2012

I understand that predators catching and eating the young is part of the natural order, and I have nothing against it being covered in nature documentaries, but I wonder why every single nature documentary nowadays makes it a point to feature child death. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure predators catch the elderly and the sick as well, but I can’t recall ever having seen that in a nature documentary. I’m pretty sure that even “eating children” doesn’t come close to “mating” in terms of things animals love to do, but I think mating is only covered in about half the nature documentaries, while “eating children” is covered in all of them.

(Today’s documentary featured the death of a baby elephant, followed by its severed head being passed around and repeatedly clumsily dropped by the other elephants of the herd)

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