Nature "Born Wild: First Days of Life" on WXXI-TV

Nature "Born Wild: First Days of Life" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 01/30/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: A two-week-old emperor penguin chick being incubated (Antarctic) is one of the animals featured in this program.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Doug Allan

Following the birth and first day of several species, from marmoset to moose to elephant and gorilla.

From the moment of their birth, baby animals in the wild can face almost anything - from a large social group of interested caregivers, to a potentially deadly group of relatives, to one or two devoted parents, to complete abandonment and no available help at all.  Yet they all have something in common.  They must learn whom to trust, what to fear, and when to act - all in the first days of life.  Child care involves instinct, but also experience and choices, some of which can be devastatingly hard.  Find out how being born in the wild has evolved over time, and how animals interacting with their young, wrestling with the feelings and dilemmas that come with raising a baby, can mirror our own experiences.

Nature "Born Wild: First Days of Life" airs Sunday, January 30 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

For 29 years, NATURE has been the benchmark of natural history programs on television, capturing the splendors of the natural world from the African plains to the Antarctic ice. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club.