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Raised Human reveals the extraordinary truth behind stories of wild animals that have formed inseparable bonds with human families, and the heartbreak that often come with such relationships. From a chimpanzee raised in a New York apartment, to a lion who took Hollywood by storm, these astonishing tales allow unparalleled insight into the life of creatures that share our world.

Animal Planet
2 Seasons, 6 Episodes
June 30, 2017
Kids & Family
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  • In 1978 Borneo grad student Gary Shapiro ventures into the rainforest to foster an orphaned orangutan called Princess. They form an intensely close relationship as Princess learns to communicate through sign language.

  • In 1970s Chicago animal psychologist Dr. Irene Pepperberg teaches an African Gray Parrot Alex to become a prodigy. Alex learned to name objects, count, describe color and shape. His language and math skills won the worlds affection Irene's heart.

  • In the 1990s, Mark & Dawn Dumas raised a vulnerable polar Bear cub in their own home. When Hollywood came knocking she became a movie star. The challenges of life with Agee as she grew into a mighty predator outweighed the joy and love she brings.

  • In 1986 Californian Dean Bernal settled in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he came across a wild bottlenose dolphin known to locals as JoJo. JoJo found the perfect swim mate in swimmer and free diver, Dean.

  • In 1952, Ralph Helfer was given a three month-old male lion cub. He raised the cat in his Californian home, where he grew into a 500lb gentle giant, and became Ralph's best friend and soul mate. Within a decade, 'Zamba' was a Movie Star.

  • In 1967, Hester and Jerry Mundis were living in a Manhattan apartment with their son. One day, they came across a baby chimpanzee in a run-down exotic animal shop. Almost 50 years on, the family looks back on the adventure of raising Boris with love.

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