My Wild Affair
This series tells the stories of the incredible bonds between humans and their wild animal companions. Through first-hand testimony, newly discovered archive footage, drama reconstruction, and encounters with the real animal and human stars, "My Wild Affair" captures stories of love and dedication, with their surprising twists and turns, and proves how the powerful bond between man and animal can overcome adversity, and change lives forever.
My Wild Affair Previous Broadcasts
The Seal Who Came Home (Episode #104H)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 23, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
Andre, "the seal who came home," is the true story of a two-day old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre ever having to give up his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter. But staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre's blindness.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 24, 2016 -- 1:00 AM
The Rhino Who Joined The Family (Episode #103H)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 16, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet's four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend's fate.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 17, 2016 -- 1:00 AM
The Ape Who Went to College (Episode #102H)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an "orangutan person. "
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 -- 1:00 AM
The Elephant Who Found A Mom (Episode #101H)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 2, 2016 -- 7:00 PM
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter's wedding. Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha's short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 3, 2016 -- 1:00 AM