Category: Questions

Are nature documentaries fake?

I love nature documentaries like the awesome Planet Earth series from BBC. But I always wonder how much of what we see is real and how much is fake. Well, maybe not fake, but “manufactured”. What do I mean? Well, take the sound effects, for instance. In Planet Earth, the sound seldom seems to match… Read more »

Do lions and tigers like catnip?

I’ve always been fascinated by the similarities — and differences — between big animals and their domesticated counterparts. Take cats, for example. Do lions and tigers purr? (Answer: Sort of. Your neighborhood tabby purrs while inhaling and exhaling; big cats purr only when they breathe out.) And while I’ve been reading Animals in Translation, I’ve… Read more »