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Birds of the Gods (#2807H) Duration: 55:19 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them Birds of Paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film these Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.
Legendary White Stallions (#3011H) Duration: 55:16 SRND51 TVPG-S (Secondary audio: DVI)
This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Their carefully choreographed movements were originally developed for the training of war horses; only the strongest and most athletic horses qualified. The Lipizzaner stallion is bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive, and exceptionally responsive to praise.
Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom (#2804H) Duration: 1:10:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is. Hard-wired to endure en environment of scarcity, the wolverine is one of the most efficient and resourceful carnivores on Earth.
Animal Misfits (#3201) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears (#2607H) Duration: 55:16 SRND51 TVPG
The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa's Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the surprising number of creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of grass on the plateau. The baboons that make this astonishing annual journey may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world's largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make the climb all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides while vultures circle overhead.
A Murder of Crows (#2802H) Duration: 55:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Crows do not have the best of reputations. They are generally dismissed as spooky - Hitchcock used them quite successfully to frighten moviegoers, or as a general nuisance - scarecrows were, after all, invented to scare crows away from crops. But their image is about to take a real turn. New research has shown they are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. They are very social, mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they are able to recognize individual humans and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.
Snow Monkeys (#3110#) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, is the most northern-living monkey in the world, surviving winter temperatures below 15 degrees. It is a very intelligent species, and the only animal other than humans and raccoons that is known to wash its food before eating it. Macaques have other unusual behaviors, including communal bathing in hot springs and rolling snowballs for fun. Also, in recent studies it has been found that Japanese macaques can develop different accents, like humans. It was found that macaques in areas separated by only a couple of hundred miles can have very different pitches in their calls, their form of communication.