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The Secret Life of the Zoo

  • Season 2020
  • Documentary
  • Nature
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Episode 1: Extraordinary Births

Summary

Revisiting some of the most compelling and memorable stories from the past five years, beginning with a series of extraordinary births caught on camera at Chester Zoo. Rhinoceros hornbill Liv and partner Manu are yet to produce any offspring, but when they are moved to a new nest, Liv quickly produces a fresh clutch of egg. Meanwhile, clumsy seahorse Seabiscuit only has a week to attract a female, so he has time to incubate the eggs and give birth in time for the next full moon.
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Review

Over the years there have been many animals born at Chester Zoo, but each birth is precious. Obviously, the public hardly ever witness these events so it’s been an absolute privilege to see some of them through this series. We’re reminded of some of those magical – and dramatic – moments in this compilation episode, including the one where, after a worryingly long gestation period, even for an elephant, Thi delivered a healthy calf, to everyone’s relief. Be warned though, some birth plans are the stuff of nightmares. The parasitoid jewel wasp lays her egg on a host, a cockroach, say. When the larva hatches, it eats the host alive.

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  • Episode 1

    Extraordinary Births

    Summary

    Revisiting some of the most compelling and memorable stories from the past five years, beginning with a series of extraordinary births caught on camera at Chester Zoo. Rhinoceros hornbill Liv and partner Manu are yet to produce any offspring, but when they are moved to a new nest, Liv quickly produces a fresh clutch of egg. Meanwhile, clumsy seahorse Seabiscuit only has a week to attract a female, so he has time to incubate the eggs and give birth in time for the next full moon.
    Recommended

    Review

    Over the years there have been many animals born at Chester Zoo, but each birth is precious. Obviously, the public hardly ever witness these events so it’s been an absolute privilege to see some of them through this series. We’re reminded of some of those magical – and dramatic – moments in this compilation episode, including the one where, after a worryingly long gestation period, even for an elephant, Thi delivered a healthy calf, to everyone’s relief. Be warned though, some birth plans are the stuff of nightmares. The parasitoid jewel wasp lays her egg on a host, a cockroach, say. When the larva hatches, it eats the host alive.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerTanya Winston
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