David Attenborough: Natural Curiosities

Suggested by Brad Nelson • David Attenborough presents a collection of his favourite natural curiosities found throughout the animal kingdom from armoured giants to crafty insects.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    As of this writing, Netflix has 3 of the 4 seasons available for streaming. I found the first season and a half to be riveting but he starting scraping the bottom of the recycling barrel with the episode “Bad Reputations” which offers little new information on either gorillas or vampire bats. Usually his documentaries (of any kind) end with the typical warnings about loss of habitat and global warming. But other than that, they tend not to be social commentaries. This episode was really off-note for him in this regard.

    However, up to this point (and perhaps beyond), it’s a great program. Much of this is, of course, recycled footage. But he and the producers do a great job of not having it be a boring “best of” kind of thing. The first season is full of great stuff. Some of the facts you may have run across before. But each of these first-season episodes is a good compendium and likely will offer you new information.

    Season two’s “Armoured Animals” is a typically good program using one of the quite interesting approaches of focusing on a specific animal who had been brought back from Africa to Europe. These are certainly some stories I knew nothing about. There’s one involving a rhino (this episode), one involving a zebra in another episode, and one involving a giraffe in a third. These three, in particular, are very well done stories. The first season is can’t miss. Try to find it if you can. Go on from there if it piques your interest.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I don’t see how a rhinoceros, a zebra, or a giraffe is armored. Of course, most of the actual armored animals are molluscs (with their shells) or arthropods (with their exoskeletons made of chitin). I think armadillos may qualify.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Different episodes.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          So “Armoured Animals” was just one episode. I got the impression (“What is your impression of Ted Stryker?” “I’m sorry, I don’t do impressions. My training is in psychiatry.”) that it was the whole season.

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