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S33 Ep1: Animal Misfits

Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive.

Air Date 10/15/14

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NATURE, television's longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #3112 — The Gathering Swarms |
    Sunday, May 28 at 7pm TPT LIFE
  • #3112 — The Gathering Swarms |
    Monday, May 29 at 1am TPT LIFE
  • #3109 — Touching The Wild |
    Wednesday, May 31 at 7pm TPT 2
  • #3109 — Touching The Wild |
    Thursday, Jun 1 at 1am TPT 2
  • #3211 — Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La |
    Wednesday, Jun 14 at 7pm TPT 2
  • #3109 — Touching The Wild
    Joe Hutto's idea of research is anything but normal, dedicating seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. The herd would ordinarily run from any human but, incredibly, these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. Accepted by the matriarch, he walks among them, is even groomed by them, and can lie with a pregnant doe talking to its unborn fawns. As he crosses the species divide, Joe is tapping into a new understanding about these elusive animals, literally entering a deer society. The captivating joy he feels for his new family is nothing short of infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey -- and it's an experience that will ultimately rock him to his very core; sharing their world so personally finally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind.
    Wednesday, May 31 at 7pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Jun 1 at 1am TPT 2
  • #3112 — The Gathering Swarms
    This program looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria. Superswarms of finch-like quelea in Africa merit attempts at control through assaults on their roosts, while aggressive swarms of silver carp in North American seem able to overcome any kind of restraint. Dangerous swarms of killer bees, however, can be controlled to the point that they can be worn as a human bee suit. But beyond the power of sheer numbers, increasingly complex and organized swarms eventually give rise to swarm intelligence that allows complex decisions to be made.
    Sunday, May 28 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, May 29 at 1am TPT LIFE
  • #3211 — Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La
    This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.
    Wednesday, Jun 14 at 7pm TPT 2
    Thursday, Jun 15 at 1am TPT 2
    Sunday, Jun 18 at 7pm TPT LIFE
    Monday, Jun 19 at 1am TPT LIFE


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