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Meet the Mustelids

By Davis Ryan Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fact-packed, beautiful nature doc has animal violence.

Movie NR 2020 50 minutes
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Polecats, tyras (a type of Asian badger), martens, otters, wolverines -- what do all these small but fiercely confident aimals have in common? They all belong to the "mustelid" family of mammals, which is one of the oldest and fiercest families of mammal on planet Earth. Throughout the hour-long Meet the Mustelids, the viewer will become well acquainted with all of these different mustelids and the particular habits they have to flourish in all parts of the world, from the rainforest to the beaches to the tundra.

Because of its limited scope and because of its being a rather straightforward nature documentary, Meet the Mustelids might come across as somewhat boring to many viewers who aren't already interested in the subject matter. As always, however, the documentarians at Curiositystream have compiled an array of gorgeous video and audio footage that should be at least superficially engaging, if not educational, to all viewers. One particularly impressive example of this is when the documentary shows detailed footage of a badger family burrowing underground amid a dense and complex network of tunnels... how did the filmmakers capture that?

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