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Animal behavior is described using (sometimes negative) human cultural references -- for instance, lemurs are called "gangs" when protecting their turf.
Violence & Scariness
Some vicious fighting between animals, including occasional deaths. In one episode, a baby animal dies, and its mother must leave it behind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of animals' mating processes, scenes of courting rituals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nature series presents animals in their natural habitat, doing what comes naturally -- including fighting, hunting, and mating. Some moments are particularly gripping, such as when a baby animal dies. Because of the show's tendency to personify animals by giving them names and describing their actions with human terminology, the losses can feel particularly painful, which might make it too much for very young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Attenborough personifies the animals by giving them names that connect with their characters -- like Jezebel for the feisty female leader of the lemur pack. He describes the group as the Westside Gang, saying they live in a rough neighborhood where they must fight to protect their turf. This method of drawing viewers into the animals' dramas is effective, especially for younger viewers, but can sometimes border on silly.
That said, the footage of the animals is fascinating. Watching the creatures' dramas unfold -- such as when Jezebel's baby falls off her back during a particularly vicious fight -- can be gripping. Viewers will be hard-pressed to remain emotionless during the animals' struggles and hard-fought successes.
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