Τρίτη, 11 Οκτωβρίου 2011

Fwd: Swamp Men, an incredible vet, and March of the Penguins: coming to Nat Geo WILD

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Premieres Monday, October 10,
at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Swamp Men returns for a third season with a new park director, Brian Zepeda, and his tough new team, who tirelessly work to patrol the land, relocate animals away from harming humans and rescue baby alligators from threatening wildlife. In an effort to get a larger Seminole influence and more tribe members involved at the park in Florida, Brian is taking the Safari in a new direction by focusing on tribal traditions, including asking an old Snake Clan woman from the Seminole Tribe for permission to catch gators and learning the trade in the swamp.

Under a new leader comes new staff, with each day bringing new tests of their skills. We'll meet the group responsible for controlling the chaos, including seasoned gator handlers Gus "One Bear" Batista and Jonathan "Cattail" Vazquez, whose challenges extend beyond the park boundaries and cover all animal rescue calls in all the Seminole reservations. Operations manager Jacob "Jay" Osceola is in charge of maintaining the park's equipment, including the popular swamp buggies. And young newcomer Everett Osceola joins the staff as an aspiring gator handler.

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New Series Premieres Saturday, October 29, at 9 & 10 PM ET/PT

Sick horse on the verge of death? A German shepherd with no appetite? A pig with an abscess? Not exactly easy tasks to tackle. But one man has it all under control. With a "you name it, and we'll treat it" attitude, this house-call-making veterinarian has seen it all. A senior with a Dutch accent, working countless hours a day, is not slowing down any time soon.

Meet Dr. Pol, an expert in large farm animals and pets. This senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old-school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine. Nat Geo WILD presents The Incredible Dr. Pol, premiering Saturday, October 29, at 9 & 10 p.m. ET/PT then moves to 10 p.m. ET/PT, as he travels across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise and kindness. Treating numerous patients, including horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, cats, dogs and even an occasional reindeer, Dr. Pol is not your average vet.


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Outback Wrangler: Croc Swarm

Wednesday, October 5, at 9P ET/PT

The largest croc on earth, the saltwater crocodile, can reach 20 feet long and prowls the wetlands of Australia's Northern Territory. During the wet season, they lay their eggs in freshwater, where the locals dig them up to control the population of these formidable predators. Matt and his team are on a mission to collect 20,000 eggs from their nests before it is too late. Flying above the nests in a chopper, Matt is lowered by his own invention, which separates the man in the nest from the protective mother croc. But not all the problem animals are in the water. Feral buffalos are running rampant and causing massive damage. Matt executes a high-speed helicopter and car chase to herd the buffalos into his "Mad Max machine," which grabs the speeding beasts.

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Animals Say the Wildest Things: Hyperactive Kangaroo & Water-Skiing Lion
Thursday, October 6 at 7 & 7:30 PM ET/PT

A young kangaroo has so much energy he thinks he can fly — until he crashes. Then, two monkeys have a close encounter with some uninvited aliens, and an evil clone giraffe goes on a kissing spree. Two drunken monkeys take a drink out of a cursed lake, while an adventurous lion tries to water-ski. Meanwhile, a pregnant tiger gets caught up in a cheating scandal and her mate is left wondering who the father is.

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Swamp Men: Swamp Shootout
Monday, October 10, at 10P ET/PT

It's all-out combat as a re-enactment of the second Seminole War makes it even tougher to keep park visitors safe during one of the tribe's major cultural events. Meanwhile, Jay is responsible for keeping the park's swamp buggies running despite dangerously low water levels. Jay's younger brother, Everett, has joined the staff as an aspiring gator handler, but for his first assignment, he has to catch a gator with his bare hands because it is Seminole tradition. Then the park's seasoned gator handlers are put to the test when nuisance alligators turn up next to a housing development and the toughest gator at Billie Swamp Safari threatens to eat his offspring.

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Outback Wrangler: Predator Island

Wednesday, October 12, at 9P ET/PT

Habitat destruction and an increasing human population have resulted in deadly consequences for both the animals and humans in Borneo. Matt flies to the rescue to help with a diverse range of animals creating mayhem for the locals. His skills are put to the test trying to relocate a group of highly intelligent elephants, including one who is wounded and in need of care. Matt also takes on a king cobra, the world's largest venomous snake, and puts his outback experience to work confronting massive saltwater crocs found here as well.

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Thursday, October 13, at 9P ET/PT

With a horse's head and a monkey's tail, seahorses are one of the ocean's strangest and most charismatic inhabitants. In this one-hour special, wildlife filmmaker Natali Tesche-Ricciardi sets out to investigate something that most people don't realize — seahorse populations are in crisis. First visiting a serene and unusual seahorse lagoon in the south of France and then heading to a recreational coastal area of Tampa Bay, Natali finds that seahorses are among the first to suffer from coastal development and pollution. They are often caught and sold dried as tourist souvenirs. They are wanted alive for the aquarium trade and dead for a much larger industry — traditional Chinese medicine. Millions of seahorses are traded each year and can reach a value higher than silver. Fortunately, all is not lost. With the help of an international organization, Project Seahorse, traders and fishermen are changing their ways to help wild seahorse populations.

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Red Sea Jaws (wt)
Friday, October 14, at 9P ET/PT

.In just one week, an unprecedented number of shark attacks left one tourist dead and four others horribly mutilated in December 2010. The vicious feeding frenzy, in the waters off the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, shocked even the most seasoned shark scientists. Nat Geo WILD investigates what may have caused the attacks. Attack survivors, eyewitnesses, rescue divers and emergency room doctors share death-defying stories, some speaking on camera for the first time. "It went under me and bit my buttock and tore it off," victim Olga Martsinko says from her hospital bed. "I began to realize that I was being eaten alive." And experts speculate whether overfishing and rising water temperatures are to blame.

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Swamp Men: One Bad Gator

Monday, October 17, at 10P ET/PT

Handlers Cattail and One Bear are called in to relocate three feisty alligators to make room for an aggressive bull alligator named "Bad" from a nearby wildlife park. Meanwhile, at another part of the Big Cypress Reservation, Seminole Tribe member Cory Wilcox takes his trained dogs on a wild hog hunt. And Jacob teaches Everett the ins and outs of giving a swamp buggy tour so he can become a full-fledged Safari guide.

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Mother Croc
Sunday, October 23, at 8P ET/PT

Crocodiles, nearly 200 million years in the making, have evolved to become some of best predators on the planet. But these reptilian hunters also have a surprisingly softer side. With high-speed cameras capturing 2,000 frames per second, Mother Croc reveals the crocodile's stunning combination of stealth, power and speed, as well as its remarkable maternal instincts. Witness the mother crocs as they gently tend to their young and how the little crocs survive their dangerous first days to carry on their legacy as one of the planet's most successful species.

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Swamp Men: Most Wanted

Monday, October 24, at 10P ET/PT

Brian decides to bring "Trump," the park's notorious 800-pound alligator, onto the Safari's compound to keep closer tabs on the aging reptile. While preparing to move Trump to a new enclosure, One Bear and Cattail discover an abscess that requires surgery. On the other side of the park, the staff embarks on a mission to bring water to a drought-stricken area known as "Alcatraz," which serves as a safe haven for large nuisance gators. Then, Seminole Tribe member Billy Walker gives a new employee a hands-on lesson in handling alligators that he won't soon forget.


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Africa's Deadliest: Killer Tactics
Tuesday, October 25, at 10P ET/PT

Travel to the deepest, darkest depths of Africa and see how the deadliest predators use different techniques to kill their prey. Lions use an organized ambush tactic, fanning lionesses out behind the prey and stalking it into position for a faster lion to attack. A vine snake's brilliant, barklike camouflage and uncanny ability to hold the length of its body horizontal and move like a branch in the wind make it a deadly predator. A lizard climbs obliviously through a bush, when suddenly a branch comes to life and delivers a lethal bite. The fish eagle is a specialist in air-to-water combat. With eyesight five times sharper than a human's, this raptor can pinpoint fish at the surface from several hundred feet away. Once a target is spotted, its massively powerful wings allow it to plunge at high speed and snatch its unsuspecting prey clean out of the water.

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Outback Wrangler: Wild Horse Bust
Wednesday, October 26, at 9P ET/PT

Wild horses, known as brumbies, are running rampant in the Australian outback, creating havoc for ranchers, who are out to exterminate these majestic animals. Trying to corral them requires a coordinated, multipronged attack with two helicopters and several men on horseback to herd the fiercely wild horses into a stockyard. Matt happens to stumble upon other infamous outback wildlife, including the highly venomous eastern brown snake, able to kill a human. But Matt doesn't shy away from this beast; he safely relocates him to the river, removing him from potential human contact.

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Africa's Deadliest: Predator Swarm
Wednesday, October 26, at 10P ET/PT

Alone they may be weak, but with strength in numbers, some African creatures are deadly. Wild dogs the size of household pets conquer prey more than 10 times their size, and the tiny mongoose's tight family unit keeps it out of trouble. Buffalo travel in herds up to 1,000 strong, and when threatened, they attack in force. During the annual Sardine Run, a super-pod of common dolphins up to 5,000 strong rely on their military precision to outmaneuver sharks and feed on the plentiful sardines.

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Africa's Deadliest: Lethal Weapons

Thursday, October 27, at 10P ET/PT
The "alienlike" jaws of a moray eel and the remarkably fast strike speed of a puff adder snake are just two of the deadly weapons featured in Africa's Deadliest: Lethal Weapons. During mating season, male elephants duke it out with their massive tusks that grow to 10 feet long. A moray eel uses a second set of jaws in the back of its throat to snatch prey. The octopus camouflages itself until a hapless victim wanders to close. The puff adder has one of the fastest strike speeds at 1/27th of a second, and enough venom to kill five grown men. And the black thick-tailed scorpion uses special antennae that extend from its abdomen and "feel" the vibrations on the ground to detect prey with astonishing accuracy.
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The Incredible Dr. Pol: Vet and Wild

Saturday, October 29, at 9P ET/PT

Dr. Pol receives an emergency call from a client who finds her horse down and fears he may not make it. Suffering from a spinal cord injury, he decides to give the horse a cortisone shot. Will he survive? Dr. Pol's son, Charles decides to extend his visit to help his father with the work overload. His only request—to palpate a cow. But trouble creeps up when Dr. Pol and Charles perform an emergency futotomy, an intense procedure to extract two dead fetuses from a cow in hopes of saving the mother's life. And, the clinic celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special pig roast with old friends, former employees and longtime clients.

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Dr. Pol: How Now Downed Cow?

Saturday, October 29, at 10P ET/PT

A K-9 Hungarian German Shepard with no appetite? Dr. Pol conducts a series of blood tests to get to the bottom of the real issue. He wonders if the toxins the dog has been exposed to for police work could have caused cancer. Then, two elderly horses are extremely sick and in danger of being put down due to intestinal problems and neurological disorder. Will Charles perform his first euthanasia? In another emergency farm call, Dr. Pol must treat a dairy cow with a Left Displaced Abomasum, or a twisted stomach which means that one of the cow's four stomachs has floated to the top of the abdominal cavity. Dr. Pol will have to perform a procedure to suture that stomach to the wall of the cow's belly.

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Swamp Men: Gator Breakdown

Monday, October 31, at 10P ET/PT

Dangerous wildlife threatens the celebration as Billie Swamp Safari prepares to participate in its first-ever Arbor Day, a national observance that encourages tree planting. Wildlife handlers One Bear and Cattail go to unexpected extremes to remove a nuisance alligator from a local fishing spot, while a colony of bees invade guest huts and must be relocated immediately by a professional bee wrangler. And across the park, staffer Rey Becerra recognizes a rehabilitated hawk looking for food. Assuming it must be caring for its young, Rey tracks down its nest to see how the young are faring.

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