Fatal Attractions

 
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Reality series shows dangers of having wild animals as pets.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wild animals, even those that are accustomed to humans and cherished as pets, can still be very dangerous. Some beasts cannot be tamed; they are predators and killers, and these instincts can come out with no warning.

Positive role models

The people featured on this show try to keep wild animals as pets, a dangerous hobby that often leads to fatal encounters between people who have tried to ignore the reality that their animal companions cannot be domesticated.

Violence

People describe very violent attacks in which wild animals maim or kill people who had kept them as pets. The show recreates parts of these scenes, showing slightly gory images of people who have been attacked. There is some blood, but it’s not especially intense.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series focuses on people who have developed unhealthy fixations on keeping wild animals as pets, and who meet untimely ends when their pets turn on them. It features interviews with victims’ friends and recreated scenarios, some of which include slightly graphic images of the attacks. Though the visuals are not especially gory, the subject matter makes this show better for mid-teens and up.

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What's the story?

For some people, a dog or a turtle or maybe a fish just isn’t enough of a pet -- for some folks, only a true wild animal will do. Yes, these beasts are impressive, but the tigers, chimpanzees, monitor lizards, huge pythons, and other creatures shown in FATAL ATTRACTIONS are also dangerous. The people featured in this reality series often have developed unhealthy fixations on their pets, making it so tragic when the pets eventually turn on their owners, often with deadly results. The show features interviews with experts and friends of the victims, as well as reenacted incidents, to explain how these animal-lovers are able to ignore the potential threat posed by their wild companions.

Is it any good?

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Fatal Attractions starts with a fascinating idea, but the execution is flawed. Watching people cavort with wild animals is irresistible, but the images also come with a sense of foreboding. So when something does go awry, we aren’t exactly surprised. Nor are the viewers going to be especially excited by the reenactments, which are fairly slow and tedious. And since it’s hard to get real footage of people being attacked by wild animals, the recreated sequences have little substance. It’s just a narrator describing what happened, and often guessing because nobody saw the incident except the victim. The stories are more interesting to hear than they are to see.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about pets. Do you think wild animals can be domesticated and kept as pets? Or, do you think their inherent nature means they will always be a danger to people? What animals might be better suited for pets than others.

  • Why do you think people might want to live with wild animals? Do they realize it could be dangerous, or do you think they are in denial?

TV details

Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Educational
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written byPlague October 19, 2010
 

Fatal Attractions

Great show. It gives good insight on the dangers of owning exotic animals with killer instincts. So in that way this show could be educational, but graphic at the same time.

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