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September 2012
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Does A Giant Egg Hold Clues To Madagascar's Wildlife?

On a hot day in 1961, while he was filming Zoo Quest, a Malagasy boy handed the young David Attenborough some pieces of a huge egg shell found on a sandy river bank.

Spreading the fragments on the ground, David surveys the pieces of a unique and important jigsaw puzzle. The egg fragments David was given belonged to the largest bird that has ever lived, the half-ton extinct elephant bird Aepyornis.

In Attenborough’s Giant Egg, airing Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. on tpt 2, David Attenborough returns to the island of Madagascar on a very personal quest. 

Madagascar has been described as the "naturalist's promised land." But long before David's first visit, many of its most amazing native creatures, including the enormous elephant bird, had vanished into extinction under mysterious circumstances.

Fifty years older, he now returns to the island to find out more about this amazing creature and to see how the island has changed. Could the elephant bird's fate provide lessons that may help protect Madagascar's remaining wildlife?

Learn more in Attenborough’s Giant Egg this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on tpt 2.


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