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The crew of BBC Earth has violated the rule “not to interfere in the life of the wild” and saved the penguins in Antarctica

If journalists adhered to the unwritten law, then the birds would have died.

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Documentary filmmakers who shoot wild nature have an unwritten rule – not to interfere in the natural course of things. Because of this, in films you can often see episodes that end in the death of animals. But the BBC Earth film crew broke the rule to save a few penguins in Antarctica from death.

About what happened the journalists told in the show Dynasties. The group watched for a few days a colony of emperor penguins that were trying to weather the storm and severe cold. At some point, the birds were in a ravine with too steep walls. There are no chances to get out: penguins would simply die of starvation there.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I can not watch”[/perfectpullquote]

When several chicks died in the ravine, the Dynasties team decided to break the main rule of documentaries and intervene. With the help of shovels, journalists dug a little way out of the trap for penguins. The birds took advantage of it and survived.Dynasties director Will Lawson called the actions of the film crew “passive intervention”. The penguin episode was broadcast on November 18, and most viewers supported the team’s decision.

“I am 23 years old and I cry because of penguins. Madness”

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Mom could not look at [the torment of penguins]. Dad told her to calm down, and she screamed, “He’s dying, Darren!” Fortunately, the penguin survived, if he died, then my mother would cry ”[/perfectpullquote]

“All of Britain, when the crew decided to help the penguins get out”

The creators of the Dynasties contacted David Attenborough (David Attenborough) – the famous naturalist, who is considered the creator of the genre of documentaries about wildlife. Throughout his life, a 92-year-old specialist adhered to the rule of non-interference. In 2013, he faced criticism because of this – his team BBC Africa withdrew the death of an elephant in detail and did nothing to help the animal. But in the case of penguins, Attenborough supported the decision of the journalists.

Other naturalists also sided with the BBC Earth film crew. But, according to them, this is more the exception than the moment that the unwritten rules of the profession change.

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