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5 episodes exploring the companionship, communication, and amazingness of animals.

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Have you ever ever wished to see the world by way of the eyes of nature’s quickest animal or puzzled in case your canine actually loves you? Prepare: The topic of this assortment is “Nature and Animals.”

Cat Tales (2020)

Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a shocking array of breeds, cats have lengthy fascinated people.
However did we ever actually cultivate them? And what can science inform us about our most mysterious companions?

Canine Tales (2020)

Canines have lengthy been reliable companions by our sides. However it wasn’t all the time that method, and a have a look at their closest dwelling relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Analysis into canine domestication and intelligence provides clues into what the human-dog relationship is all about. And analyzing canines’ mind exercise and genes could even assist reply the query of whether or not canines are in it for the meals—or in the event that they actually love us.

World’s Quickest Animal (2018)

See the world by way of the eyes of nature’s quickest animal: the peregrine falcon. Although as soon as perilously endangered within the U.S., this spectacular predator is now thriving once more in American cities and on each continent however Antarctica. What’s the secret to its predatory prowess? To search out out, comply with a younger household of peregrines in city Chicago because the chicks hatch and study from their mother and father to fly and hunt. And be a part of professional falconer Lloyd Buck as he trains a captive peregrine and places its looking abilities to the take a look at. What’s the key behind the peregrine falcon’s blistering velocity, in a position to attain almost 200 mph?

NOVA Wonders: What Are Animals Saying? (2018)

From singing whales and squeaking bats to thumping spiders and clicking dolphins, the world is stuffed with the unique sounds of our fellow creatures. What are they saying? Whereas we consider language units us aside, some animals exhibit they will study our language—like Chaser the canine, who acknowledges a whole bunch of phrases, and Kanzi the bonobo, who seems to have a classy understanding of spoken English. However can we decode their very own communications? NOVA Wonders follows researchers across the globe who’re deciphering an incredible array of clues that reveal how animals share info essential to their survival. Will we at some point be capable to write the bat dictionary or decode the hidden signal language of chimps? And what can these findings inform us in regards to the roots of our personal language?

Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest? (2013)

What makes an animal sensible? What forces of evolution drive brains to turn out to be extra advanced? Many scientists consider the key lies in {our relationships}. All through the animal kingdom, among the cleverest creatures—together with people—appear to be those that dwell in advanced social teams, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. May the abilities required to maintain observe of good friend and foe make animals smarter? To search out out, NOVA goes contained in the social lives of among the smartest animals on the planet. Off the coast of Florida, we see dolphins staff as much as catch fish by whipping up a wall of muddy water that drives the meal proper into their companions’ ready mouths. It appears that evidently the dolphins are working collectively to plan their hunt. However are they actually? Biologists go on a quest to decipher the secrets and techniques of animal societies, from the seas of the Caribbean to the plains of Africa. Do dolphins and elephants have “language?” Do chimps have a way of equity? And are any animals in addition to ourselves able to feeling empathy?

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