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My Wild Affair is a television series that documents the unlikely bond between man and beast. The show focuses on unique relationships that are formed when humans step in to help animals that are normally secluded in the wild. In one episode of My Wild Affair an amazing story is told of an orangutan who is raised on a college campus and treated as if it were part of the student body. The orangutan learns sign language as well as people skills.

Another episode features an orphaned black rhino who was adopted by a man with four children. The siblings treat the rhinoceros no different than their pet dog, he is part of the family. Eventually their father has to make a decision: should he keep the rhino or release him back into the wild with his own kind?

PBS
1 Season, 4 Episodes
July 16, 2014
Animals
7.8/10
Cast: Allan Corduner
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  • In 1961, Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal was rescued from death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over a 25 year span, Harry and Andre established a friendship that weathered every kind of challenge, including, Andre's blindness at the end.

  • An orphaned black rhinoceros named Rupert was rescued from flooding by the damming of the Zambezi River, was brought up wildlife vet Dr. John Condy in his suburban family home. The four young children of the vet loved Rupert before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are looking for clues to the fate of their childhood friend.

  • Chantek is an orangutan raised on an American university campus as a human child during the 70's and 80's. Chantek learned to speak in sign language, he currently living at Zoo Atlanta with his own kind, but he describes himself as an "orangutan person."

  • The story of the orphan baby elephant Aisha, and her human foster parent Daphne Sheldrick. When Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a couple of days to attend her daughter's wedding their bond reaches a crisis point. Aisha thinks she has lost Daphne and won't eat, which leads to her death. Daphne is heartbroken and uses the lessons from Aisha's short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next 40 years.

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