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The Secret Life of the Zoo

  • Season 3
  • 7 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 2: The Secret Life of the Zoo

Summary

At Chester Zoo, Rothschild giraffe Tula is a week overdue after a 13-month pregnancy. But keepers are anxious that history could repeat itself - she gave birth to a stillborn calf last year. Cameras also follow this year's brood of penguin chicks. They are about to face the ordeal of joining the main pool, where they must compete for fish with the adult penguins. And baby silvery gibbon Eko learns how to swing between ropes - 50 feet up.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you’ve ever fancied having a penguin as a pet, think again. Sure, the chicks are cute – there’s a charming moment when four youngsters hear a plane flying overhead and all crane their necks to stare (almost slack-jawed in fascination) - but the adults can be tough.

Young animals have a lot to learn if they’re to survive: in another enclosure we meet Eko, a clingy, six-month-old silver-haired gibbon who appears to be frightened of heights. That doesn’t bode well for his future. And there’s a sense of anticipation among the keepers because giraffe Tula is heavily pregnant – her last pregnancy sadly ended with a stillborn.

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Executive producerAlistair Pegg
Executive producerEdmund Coulthard
Series editorMartin Fuller
Series producerMartin Hicks

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  • Episode 2

    The Secret Life of the Zoo

    Summary

    At Chester Zoo, Rothschild giraffe Tula is a week overdue after a 13-month pregnancy. But keepers are anxious that history could repeat itself - she gave birth to a stillborn calf last year. Cameras also follow this year's brood of penguin chicks. They are about to face the ordeal of joining the main pool, where they must compete for fish with the adult penguins. And baby silvery gibbon Eko learns how to swing between ropes - 50 feet up.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    If you’ve ever fancied having a penguin as a pet, think again. Sure, the chicks are cute – there’s a charming moment when four youngsters hear a plane flying overhead and all crane their necks to stare (almost slack-jawed in fascination) - but the adults can be tough.

    Young animals have a lot to learn if they’re to survive: in another enclosure we meet Eko, a clingy, six-month-old silver-haired gibbon who appears to be frightened of heights. That doesn’t bode well for his future. And there’s a sense of anticipation among the keepers because giraffe Tula is heavily pregnant – her last pregnancy sadly ended with a stillborn.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAlistair Pegg
    Executive producerEdmund Coulthard
    Series editorMartin Fuller
    Series producerMartin Hicks
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