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"Nature" Animal Odd Couples (2012)

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Nature: Season 31: Episode 3 -- 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.


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Susan Fleming
Sara Marino (co-director)
Siobhan Flanagan (writer)
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7 November 2012 (Season 31, Episode 3)
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Worth seeing for those wanting cute animals and those interested in animal behaviorism. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast)
Marc Bekoff ... Himself
Lauren Brent ... Herself

Temple Grandin ... Herself
Jonathan Kraft ... Himself

Toby Leonard Moore ... Himself / Narrator
Alden Prins ... Himself
Christian Schauerte ... Himself
Tim Smith ... Himself
Isobel Springett ... Herself
Annette King Tucker ... Herself (as Annette Tucker)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Susan Fleming  (as Susan K. Fleming)
Sara Marino (co-director)
Writing credits
Siobhan Flanagan (writer)

Produced by
Trish Bush .... producer: Summerhill Entertainment
Susan Fleming .... producer (as Susan K. Fleming)
Kate Fulton .... producer
William Johnston .... executive producer: Summerhill Entertainment
Jayne Jun .... associate producer
Fred Kaufman .... executive producer: Nature
Ronald Lillie .... executive producer: Summerhill Entertainment
Laura Metzger .... senior producer: Nature (as Laura Metzger Lynch)
Bill Murphy .... producer
Bill Murphy .... producer: Nature
Chie Witt .... associate producer
Janice Young .... supervising producer: Nature
Original Music by
Geoff Bennett 
Andre Hirtz 
Ben Johannesen 
Cinematography by
Keith Brust 
Film Editing by
Carole Larsen 
Production Management
Andrea Minty .... production manager
Art Department
Nick Miller .... creative director
Brian Santalone .... pagebuilder
Joy Weeng .... designer
Sound Department
Brian Beatrice .... sound editor
Ed Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Sawade .... sound recordist
Edward Thacker .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Kathleen Taylor .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Mark Driver .... on-line editor
David Hedley .... colorist
Amy Karrandjas .... assistant on-line editor
Patrick Krass .... on-line editor: for Nature
Mizuho Nakai .... editorial assistant
Other crew
Simon Carroll .... stock footage
Kirsten Cherian .... researcher
Jaywon Choe .... intern
Jennifer Ciraldo .... story researcher
Scott Daharb .... additional photography (as Scott DaHarb)
Nick de Pencier .... additional photography
Michael Fearon .... intern
Daniel B. Greenberg .... senior director
Janet Hess .... series editor: for Nature
Brian Lee .... technical director
Rekha Menon .... budget controller: for Nature
Joseph Murnaghan .... digital media technician
Isobel Springett .... stock footage

Series Crew
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Directed by
Nigel Cole (episode "Wild Horses of Mongolia")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Hobson  (episode "Gooney Birds of Midway") (episode "Mountains in the Mist") (episode "Resurrection at Truk Lagoon") (episode "Saguaro - Sentinel of the Desert") (episode "Yellowstone In Winter")

Produced by
Suzanne Weinert .... producer (episode "Wild Horses of Mongolia")
Production Management
John F. Schwally .... senior production manager (1993-1998)
Sound Department
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist (1995-)
Music Department
Rob Cairns .... composer: main title (1999-)
Other crew
Billy Pittard .... creative director
Juan Rosenfeldt .... title designer
Ed Sullivan .... creative director
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54 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing for those wanting cute animals and those interested in animal behaviorism., 14 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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