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Animal Odd Couples

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Animal Odd Couples
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Enter stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding tiger cub, a giant tortoise snuggling with a baby hippo, a black crow parenting a meerkat. Look at these remarkable relationships first hand, and through caregivers, biologists, and animal behaviorists. Explore what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9781608838158
1608838153
Branch Call Number: DVD 591.5 ANIMAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Nature (Television program)

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Yes, this title belongs here. You can meet Temple Grandin, the author of Emergence (see above) and other books, in her role as an animal behavior expert.


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Sep 30, 2013
  • miaone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you've ever loved a pet, you probably already believe animals have feelings. You probably already think the old scientific view that only humans can form long-lasting emotional bonds is nonsense. So you might not learn anything new here, but it might just solidify what you already believe about animals, which is, for me, that many of them have emotional lives, and depths of feelings, just as complex as those of humans.
Watching this video is definitely good for the human heart.

Apr 11, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Explores the concept of social bonds and friendships, both within species, but mostly between different species. The documentary mostly looks at animals raised together in zoos, sanctuaries, rehab facilities, and so on, exploring how different species of animals can form close friendships. While the program primarily dwells on mammals, it extends to other animal life. Interesting and surprising, particularly given that in other circumstances, the friendships herein would seem unlikely.

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