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Natural World

  • Season 30
  • 14 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 6: Animal House: Natural World: Animal House

Summary

David Attenborough investigates animals that build structures, including bower birds, which select mates based on their home decorations. He examines hornets that build electric central heating systems and the star-nosed mole, whose dwelling is designed to collect its preferred meal of worms.

Review

It’s not just humans who like comfy homes. As David Attenborough explains in this charming documentary, animals too like somewhere to settle down. Oddly, though, not our nearest relatives: apes and monkeys don’t make shelters because they need to be on the move, searching for food.

Prairie dogs (“squirrels that bark,” says Attenborough) are the Amish of the animal world, all banding together to build houses of staggering complexity. These ingenious critters have also developed a complicated set of cries to identify the speed, direction and even the colour of different predators.

It’s another hold-your-breath-I-didn’t-know-that Natural World with the kind of peerlessly unfussy Attenborough narration that’s a lesson to every wildlife film presenter on Earth.

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PresenterDavid Attenborough

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Executive producerChris Cole
ProducerMark Fletcher
Series editorSteve Greenwood

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