A pretty pass. So it has come to this: we can't even trust Disney. The latest Disneynature production was promoted as "filmed over a period of months and under extreme conditions, 'Chimpanzees' is a true, one-of-a-kind story that could only be written by nature."

Except it was not written by nature at all. Christophe Boesch,  head of the primatology division at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in the eastern German city of Leipzig, participated directly in the filming in the Ivory Coast rainforest as the principal scientific consultant. He has blown the whistle in talking to Der Spiegel:
"What appears to be continuous documentation was actually pieced together, Boesch says. The tough orphan star of the film was played 'by five different chimpanzees,' he claims, though a young chimpanzee named Oscar does assume a leading role in large stretches of the narrative. However, Oscar didn't lose his mother -- nor was he ever adopted by any male chimpanzee whom he didn't know, as the press kit for the German market claims. A young male chimp was in fact orphaned during the filming and was adopted by an older male chimp, but this animal died in July 2009, a few months after losing its mother. Boesch attributes this sleight of hand and omissions of fact to the team behind the film. He says that it was their idea to keep silent about the production's true background in order to 'not damage the film's magic'."
How much can a koala bear? With my faith in animal lovers already cruelly shattered by this revelation about Disney, along comes Phil Davey of Mountain Media with a suggestion that all might not have been right with my cuddly koala picture in yesterday's snippets.