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Into the Wild: India

  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 1: Growing Up Gibbon

Summary

A look at the country's wildlife, beginning by joining a young gibbon as it forages for food, dodges predators and masters the acrobatics needed for jungle life.
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Review

Remember that stunning bamboo canopy combat in Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? It’ll be irresistibly brought to mind as you watch a family of hoolock gibbons swing, seemingly effortlessly, through their own patch of bamboo forest in Assam, in the far north east of India, on a virtually nonstop search for food. We’re told they can reach speeds of up to 35mph, and occasionally the camera has a fight to keep up with them.

In this first, beautifully filmed episode of a series exploring the enormous range of habitats India has to offer, we’re following Samar, an eight-year-old gibbon with a slightly mournful face, as he grows up, breaking away from his close-knit family to start a new one of his own.

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