Iguana snake chase was not faked, BBC says

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The BBC has denied claims award-successful series Planet Earth II faked a nail-biting scene displaying a baby iguana being chased with the aid of racer snakes.

Stories on Wednesday advised multiple iguana used to be in reality filmed, with scenes then stitched collectively.

However The BBC has stated only one animal was chased by using the snakes – with Other iguanas only filmed for shut-ups.

The scene quickly went viral when it was aired remaining year and later received a Bafta for should-see moment.

The iguana hatchling, filmed in the Galapagos, sooner or later obtained away – much to viewers’ relief.

The Daily Mail claimed the episode was once embroiled in a “fakery row” after producer Elizabeth White advised the Media Manufacturing Exhibit: “It wasn’t the same iguana, no, and continuously we have to augment it with Different clips.

“Sadly lizards, snakes and iguanas are not just right at ‘takes’.”

‘Extra Special behaviour’

But The BBC defended the Sir David Attenborough-fronted programme, with a spokeswoman pronouncing: “The BBC strongly refutes any suggestion that the award-winning iguana v snakes sequence used to be ‘faked’.

“The Final iguana chase through which one iguana escapes the snakes was – strangely for pure history filming – shot the use of two cameras, permitting us to Apply each the individual iguana and the snakes’ viewpoint.

“What used to be captured within the box was once Extraordinary animal behaviour which had never been witnessed or filmed earlier than.”

She added: “As is fashionable in pure history film-making, choose-up shots have been filmed one after the other – for example shut-americaof iguana eyes – to make the story of the sequence as clear as conceivable for the target audience.

“That Is completely in step with the norms of natural historical past film-making – and absolutely in step with the BBC’s editorial coverage guidelines, and used to be a real representation of animal behaviour.”

Different BBC nature documentaries have in the past been accused of faking footage. Frozen Planet, additionally fronted with the aid of Sir David, showed footage of new child polar undergo cubs in a den with their mother in 2011 – but it was once filmed in an animal park, somewhat than within the wild.

The BBC denied misleading viewers, with Sir David pronouncing it would have spoiled the ambiance to indicate the place the filming had taken place including: “It Can Be now not a falsehood and we don’t keep it secret both”.

And Then there was the Blue Planet footage shot in a lobster tank – However The BBC stated this was once completed to protect the surroundings.

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