Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate ...
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Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate mother; a juvenile gibbon choosing to live with a family of capuchins, and so on. Instincts gone awry? The subject has mystified scientists for years. Now, NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds. Informed by the observations of caregivers and noted scientists Temple Grandin and Marc Bekoff, the film explores what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions. Written by
Worth seeing for those wanting cute animals and those interested in animal behaviorism.
There are many unusual cross-species 'friendships' that are examined here--such as a dog and fawn, a goose and tortoise, a lion and a coyote and several others. You hear from various experts about these situations where animals behave uncharacteristically--forming bonds with animals of other species.
This episode of "Nature" ("Animal Odd Couples") is one I honestly decided to watch because I like seeing cute animals. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that although the film abounded with cute, it also looked at these odd relationships from a scientific/inquiring point of view as well. So, you not only get to hear and see a lot of cute but also learn something at the same time--what more could you want?! Well worth your time.
By the way, one of the animal behavior experts you hear from quite a bit in the show is Temple Grandin--a woman whose life story was wonderfully portrayed by Claire Danes in a film named for the animal expert. Well worth seeing as well.
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