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1st Oct '17 11:52:40 AM bweb
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* In one episode of {{Castle}}, the titular hero and FairCop Beckett are moving through a hidden alcove in the ceiling when Beckett tells Castle that even if he's scared, she doesn't think he should be rubbing her neck. It wasn't him, but a rat, calmly sitting there. Said rat barely protests when Castle lifts it off of Beckett by the tail.
8th Jul '17 10:33:45 AM SteveMB
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': In "Low Budget", Frugal Lucre menaces Kim and Ron with his budget version of a SharkPool -- a kiddie wading pool full of pet snapping turtles that quickly retreat into their shells when confronted.
1st May '17 9:05:42 AM NoSpoilerz
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This is generally caused by the fact that wild animals are [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals really hard to work with]]. A wild rat might panic and flee realistically, but getting it to sit still long enough for the actors to show up is a challenge, as is anything involved in moving it. And the SPCA/Humane Society/local equivalent would be likely to object, too, since there's a much higher chance of the [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed animal or human handlers being injured]], which helps no one, so this trope is a AcceptableBreakFromReality when it's done for safety's sake. So as far as most directors are concerned, a tame ball python that barely moves is usually a better choice than a deadly jungle snake, especially since [[BellisariosMaxim no one will notice the difference anyway.]] Strangely, this often isn't averted with CGI, as fast, complex movements are expensive to animate. Very often crosses over with MisplacedWildlife.

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This is generally caused by the fact that wild animals are [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals really hard to work with]]. A wild rat might panic and flee realistically, but getting it to sit still long enough for the actors to show up is a challenge, as is anything involved in moving it. And the SPCA/Humane Society/local equivalent would be likely to object, too, since there's a much higher chance of the [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed animal or human handlers being injured]], which helps no one, so this trope is a an AcceptableBreakFromReality when it's done for safety's sake. So as far as most directors are concerned, a tame ball python that barely moves is usually a better choice than a deadly jungle snake, especially since [[BellisariosMaxim no one will notice the difference anyway.]] Strangely, this often isn't averted with CGI, as fast, complex movements are expensive to animate. Very often crosses over with MisplacedWildlife.
17th Apr '17 7:17:40 PM SomberCaelifera
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** In another episode the dead VictimOfTheWeek is surrounded by "feral" stray cats, which sit about and let themselves be picked up by animal control.

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** In another episode the dead VictimOfTheWeek is surrounded by "feral" stray cats, which sit about and let themselves be picked up by animal control. This does allow for a gag: the cats sit and stare at the team while licking their lips, distinctly unnerving Booth.
20th Mar '17 9:24:53 PM PreciousTerrestrials
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 50th anniversary [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], the 10th Doctor delivers a BadassBoast to what he thinks is a shapeshifted Zygon... but is in fact an ordinary rabbit. He's probably fooled by the fact the supposedly wild rabbit calmly lets him get close enough to touch without fleeing...

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 50th anniversary [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], the 10th Doctor delivers a BadassBoast to what he thinks is a shapeshifted Zygon... but is in fact an ordinary rabbit. He's probably fooled by the fact the supposedly wild rabbit calmly lets him get close enough to touch without fleeing...fleeing. Or perhaps because it's played by a lop-eared domestic rabbit.
** Earlier, in the final story of the classic series, vicious alien creatures called Kitlings were played by black cats with hair gel in their fur. A behind-the-scenes featurette includes cast and crew complaining about how unprofessional their feline co-stars were.
13th Mar '17 8:00:54 PM Sharlee
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* "Monkey See, Monkey Poo", an episode of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' set in the Amazon rain forest, features a swarm of "deadly wandering spiders" played by (harmless) red-kneed tarantulas. A '''vegetative''' variant is also used, when the team divvy up a foul-tasting and exotic "vonvon fruit" that's clearly a dragonfruit from the supermarket.
11th Feb '17 11:18:49 PM JoeMerl
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* Spoofed in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', where friendly, curious domestic cats are transformed into vicious black "panthers" by... dubbing in some snarling.

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* Spoofed PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', where friendly, curious domestic cats which uses puppets that are transformed into vicious black about a third human-sized. When the villains sic their deadly "panthers" by... dubbing in on the heroes, they're played by house cats with some snarling.snarling sounds dubbed in. Likewise, [[BigBad Kim Jong-Il]] feeds Hans Blix to nurse sharks, which sometimes bite people in RealLife but are not very threatening. Also, at the end, [[spoiler:Kim Jong-Il's alien form is played by a normal cockroach]].
12th Jan '17 2:02:50 PM MagnusForce
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The protagonist opens the cupboard in a haunted house and, terror of terrors, there's a rat inside. Everyone involved screams at the sight of the filthy diseased vermin. Except it looks like it's been recently bathed and brushed. And instead of fleeing or acting aggressive, it's looking expectantly at the actors for a treat. In really egregious cases it might even be white or multicolored instead of brown like a wild rat.

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The protagonist opens the cupboard in a haunted house and, terror of terrors, there's a rat inside. Everyone involved screams at the sight of the filthy diseased vermin. Except it looks like it's been recently bathed and brushed. And instead of fleeing or acting aggressive, it's looking expectantly at the actors for a treat. In really egregious {{egregious}} cases it might even be white or multicolored instead of brown like a wild rat.
12th Nov '16 3:06:44 PM LondonKdS
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* This is the truth behind the (largely tongue-in-cheek) sport of putting ferrets down your trousers as an endurance test. It is far less dangerous than hucksters claim, and far less cruel than ill-informed animal welfare campaigners sometimes believe - pet ferrets naturally enjoy both confined spaces and close contact with their humans, and in fact often otherwise have to be prevented from wriggling their way into people's clothing.
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12th Nov '16 5:31:49 AM erforce
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''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' briefly features a domestic-variety hooded rat in the cabin in the middle of nowhere.

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* ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' briefly features a domestic-variety hooded rat in the cabin in the middle of nowhere.
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