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This docuseries puts life-like animatronic animals equipped with cameras into habitats with real animals to attempt to capture the animals' behavior in an up-close and unprecedented manner. The limited series is part of the over-arching Nature series, and it debuted on PBS in the United States in 2017.

Thursday 8:00 PM et/pt on BBC One
1 Season, 7 Episodes
February 1, 2017
Documentary & Biography
8.0/10
Cast: David Tennant
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Spy in the Wild Full Episode Guide

  • This enchanting film follows the adventures of one charismatic emperor penguin from the time he emerges from the egg to the moment he leaves for the sea.

  • In Mozambique, a newborn bottlenose dolphin learns from his mother as they follow a mysterious gathering of stingrays and then hunt huge kingfish. Other astonishing sights include dolphins using rings of mud to catch fish and the spectacular high-speed leaps and corkscrews of spinner dolphins.

  • Full of funny and unexpected moments, this behind-the-scenes look at Spy in the Wild shows the extraordinary effort that goes into making the spy cameras part of animal families.

  • From delinquent meerkats to thieving penguins, animals misbehave. But they also have a surprising sense of justice. This episode finds out how animals keep order.

  • Relying on your friends is far from being uniquely human. From wolf society to the surprising partnerships between different species, this episode finds out why cooperation is so important to animals.

  • Tools, medicine and drugs can all be found in animal societies. Meet the chimps who throw stones and hunt with spears, the elephants who use branches as fly swats and the lemurs who get intoxicated on the secretions of millipedes.

  • From the love and devotion of an elephant family to dancing birds of paradise and flirting polar bears, this episode explores animal emotion in all its forms.

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