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Ghost Bear Family: Natural World review – ‘disappointingly, they aren’t actual ghosts’
U sually it’s obvious what to review; there’s something new or interesting or maybe a big show coming to an end. But on Thursday, not so much. The third and final part of Channel 4’s Married At First Sight wasn’t available (I see things in advance, in order to meet old-school print deadlines). My guess is that it might even have worked out for Jason and Kate, who clearly couldn’t wait to get their paws on each other at the end of the last show, but Emma and James less so, and I’m not hopeful for them.
Also unavailable: Channel 4’s intriguing Dogs on the Dole. I just hope George Osborne was watching so he can target the scrounge hounds first, before children and the elderly. And I’ve had it with BBC2’s Coast – they’ve been around so many times now, I know every headland and cove, I’m starting to recognise individual rocks. I’m dizzy, seasick, longing for a bit of Inland.
Which leaves Ghost Bear Family: Natural World (BBC2). I can’t pretend I’m not disappointed that the ghost bears aren’t actual ghosts, the spirits of unhappy dead bears, maybe shot by rednecks, returning to haunt, and do spooky shits in, the woods. They are in fact white black bears, black bears that through a quirk of genetics are white. Dolezal bears, as they’ve also recently become known. Hey, it’s not about the colour of their fur, it’s about who they feel they are inside.
Anyway, a man called Jeff Turner is off, with his family, to film a female ghost bear and her two (black) cubs. Canadian Jeff isn’t un-ursine himself. It’s a thing with wildlife filmmakers, like the thing with dog owners and their dogs. Jacques Cousteau looked like a herring, remember?
Jeff the bear-like filmmaker came here with his family to film once before, 25 years ago, when his daughter Chelsea was a mere cub herself. The Turners and the bears got close and shared special moments, as well as the same great big green temperate toilet. Now Chelsea’s all grown up, but has not entirely flown the nest (or the bear equivalent, lolloped the den). She’s back again too, helping dad out.
Dropping in on old family friends gives the film a little extra narrative. A programme like this is often improved when it’s not just about the wildlife, it’s about the interface between wildlife and people. But in this case that brings another problem, a problem with all films about bears and people, and that’s that it isn’t Werner Herzog’s 2005 extraordinary film Grizzly Man .
Remember Grizzly Man , about Timothy Treadwell, who went to live with bears and pretty much thought he was a bear, until he found himself inside one? Jeff, on the other hand, filmed bears, twice. It doesn’t compare, even if he brought Chelsea back with him. And Jeff is neither Werner nor Tim. He’s sane, uneccentric, respectful, responsible, a family man. I’m not saying that makes him boring … but, well, he is, a little. What’s that you’re saying Jeff? Porous bedrock, is it?
It’s pretty, of course – the Great Bear Rainforest in western Canada has lovely scenery, waterfalls, cute cubs. It’s also very familiar and I think I know what’s going to happen. Here they come, a million salmon-a-leaping, up the rivers, some of whom end up, to their salmony surprise, like Timothy Treadwell, inside the bears. The fact that one of the bears is white, not black, or brown, doesn’t really make it so different from all the other bear films that aren’t Grizzly Man.
Even Jeff seems to realise this as he takes us down to the shore (Coast!) for some non-bear action. Scavenging wolves (most probably on Canadian welfare), whales, sea lions, guillemots, a whirlpool of herrings. Ah yes, the old bait ball. That’s another thing about wildlife filmmakers. I think they now have a secret agreement, like their own little in-joke, that they all have to get a bait ball into every single one of their films, regardless of what it’s about. Respect to the first to get one into a film about meerkats.
Summer’s over and it’s time for Jeff and his family to pack up and leave. He’s full of admiration for his lady ghost bear. “I’ve really been impressed by how well she’s done for herself and her family,” he says. “She’s a committed mother who’ll do what it takes to provide for her cubs and keep them safe.” Yeah yeah, good family values, morally sound, all that. Now it’s hibernation time, for everyone. Zzzzz.
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A ‘ghost bear’ mother teaches her cubs to fish
A ‘ghost bear’ mother and her two cubs venture into a river in western Canada to eat. Her cubs need to learn how to fish, and the mother is looking specifically for female salmon carrying the nutrient-rich eggs that will help the bears put on weight for winter.
This BBC Earth clip from Natural World: Ghost Bear captures their feast, and shows what happens when a second, larger ghost bear wanders into the scene.
Ghost or spirit bears are nicknames for kermode bears that are white instead of black. “The white variant is most common on three islands in British Columbia (Gribbell, Princess Royal, and Roderick), where 10–20% of bears are white.” This particular bear and her cubs were filmed for a year by Canadian filmmaker Jeff Turner and his family.
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Moscow , Russian Moskva, is the capital and most populated city of Russia , situated in the westward part of the country. Moscow is not just the political capital city of Russia but also the industrial, cultural, scientific, and educational capital. For more than 600 years, Moscow also has been the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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- The city area is about 30 km in diameter and the population reaches to almost 10 million people.
- Moscow was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1147, where it played an important role in Russian history.
- The people of Moscow are known as Muscovites.
- Moscow is famous for its architecture, especially its historical buildings such as Saint Basil’s Cathedral .
- Moscow is a city with the most money in Russia and the third biggest budget in the world.
- Moscow began as a medieval city and developed into what was known as the Grand Duchy of Moscow, an administrative region ruled by a prince.
- Moscow is where all Russia’s tensions and inequalities meet to coexist, producing a unique feeling of a city that looks European but feels somewhat Asian in its mood and intensity.
- In 1147 Moscow was called Moskov, which sounds closer to its current name. Moscow was derived from the Moskva river, on which the city is located. The Finno-Ugric tribes, who originally inhabited the territory, named the river Mustajoki, in English: Black River, which was presumably how the name of the city originated.
- Several theories were proposed on the origin of the name of the river however linguists cannot come to any agreement and those theories haven’t been proven yet.
- The first known reference to Moscow dates from 1147 as a meeting place of Yuri Dolgoruky and Sviatoslav Olgovich. Muscovites today consider Prince Yury Dolgoruky their city’s founding father, but it was only recorded that he dined with friends in the town.
- In 1156, led by Knjaz Yury Dolgoruky, the town was barricaded with a timber fence and a moat. In the course of the Mongol invasion of Rus, the Mongols under Batu Khan burned the city to the ground and killed its inhabitants.
- Nevertheless, Moscow was restored and became more important. Yet the Mongols came back in 1382 and burned Moscow City again.
- Still, Moscow shortly recovered and In the 15th century, it probably gained a population of about 50,000. But, unfortunately, in 1571 the Crimean Tatars burned Moscow again.
- By 1712, Tsar Peter the Great decided to move his capital to St. Petersburg from Moscow. With this, Moscow began a period of dissolution. In the 1770s Moscow suffered an outbreak of the bubonic plague. But still, Moscow University was successfully founded in 1755 and at the beginning of the 19th century, Moscow was prospering again.
- Arbat Street at that time was also established. But then, Napoleon invaded Russia. The Muscovites, the retreating party, set their own city on fire by 1812 and it was rebuilt completely at the beginning of the 19th century.
- During 1917 the Communists started a revolution in which they imposed a totalitarian government in Russia. By 1918, Lenin transferred his administration to Moscow.
- After Lenin, the tyrant Josef Stalin governed the city. Under his regime, several historic buildings in the city were destroyed. Nevertheless, the first line of the Metro opened in 1935.
- By June 1941, the Germans had invaded Russia and had arrived on the outskirts of Moscow by December. As they arrived, they suddenly turned back.
- After the Second World War , Moscow continued prospering even though many nations boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
- Fortunately, Communism collapsed in Russia in 1991 and in 1997 Moscow celebrated its 850th anniversary.
- Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River, which flows through the East European Plain in central Russia. Teplostanskaya highland is the city’s highest point at 255 meters (837 feet). The width of Moscow city (not limiting MKAD) from west to east is 39.7 km (24.7 mi), and the length from north to south is 51.8 km (32.2 mi).
- Moscow has a humid continental climate with long, cold winters usually lasting from mid-November through the end of March, and warm summers .
- Moscow is the financial center of Russia and home to the country’s largest banks and many of its largest companies, such as natural gas giant Gazprom.
- The Cherkizovsky marketplace was the largest marketplace in Europe , with a daily turnover of about thirty million dollars and about ten thousand venders from different countries including China and India .
- Many new business centers and office buildings have been built in recent years, but Moscow still experiences shortages in office space.
- With this, many former industrial and research facilities are being reconstructed to become suitable for office use.
- In totality, economic stability has developed in recent years. But, crime and corruption still hinder business growth.
- Saint Basil’s Cathedral is famed as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed amongst the locals. It served as one of the crucial landmarks of Moscow.
- Location: Krasnaya Square, 2, Moscow 109012, Russia
- Moscow Kremlin serves as the home in which all these tourist sites reside. It encompasses almost all the famous sightseeing attractions such as the royal residence of the President of Russia.
- Location: Moscow, Russia
- Red Square separates the royal citadel of Kremlin from the ancient merchant quarter of Kitai-gorod, one of the most interesting places in Moscow. Bearing the weight of Russia’s history to a great extent, Red Square serves not just as an attraction but as the heart, soul, and symbol of the whole country.
- Location: Krasnaya Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia
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