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Beyond bouncy music and cute babies

It's easy to understand why TV programs of long ago didn't depict gritty reality when it came to features on animals. The sponsors back then would not have been thrilled with the thought of millions of American kids being traumatized by devastating reports on wildlife poachers or a no-holds-barred reflection of the fact predators kill for a living.

But you have to think today's kids are better served by programs that at least occasionally present evidence that nature is rough and humans are the one truly scary species.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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