i'm no fool, no sirree...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming"White Wilderness
contains a scene that supposedly depicts a mass lemming
migration, and ends with the lemmings leaping to their deaths into the Arctic Ocean
. However, the entire sequence was staged and does not reflect the true behaviour of lemmings.
The sequence was filmed by photographer James R. Simon in Alberta
, Canada, which has no lemming population (and indeed no ocean). The filmmakers bought trapped lemmings from Inuit
schoolchildren in Manitoba
and transported them to the set. A few dozen lemmings, placed on a large, snow-covered turntable and filmed from a variety of angles became a mass migration. As a grand finale, the captive lemmings were herded over a cliff into a river; in the film, the narrator states that the lemmings are falling into the sea and are on a "suicide drive".
Generations of TV watching schoolchildren grew up on the Disney nature films, and the myth of lemming suicide persists to this day."