Archives for June, 2010

Taking Lethal Action

For those sworn to serve and protect, a shootout is a last resort against criminals bent on doing harm. But sometimes, action must be taken. In “Lethal Action,” we’ll go inside three high-profile shootouts to see how split second decisions and twists of fate determined who lived, and who died. From a bank heist in…

Amazing Video of Great White Leaping

Planet Carnivore delves into the cold waters of South Africa’s False Bay where a 2,000 lb great white shark called Haai, the Afrikaans word for shark, stalks her prey as she has done successfully for the past 15 years. In the False Bay neighborhood, there is one master rule: eat to live. Join us as…

What Happened to the Giant Mystery Fish of Malaysia?

You may have missed this, but last summer, it was big news in Malaysia. Villagers who live along Kenyir lake reported that that its waters seemed to be inhabited by an immense predatory fish with a penchant for leaping high out of the water. Locals called it kan naga, after a mythical dragon, while the…

What’s Inside This Dog’s Stomach?

Lots of veterinarians have fascinating case stories. So recently I connected with some graduates of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Science and obtained radiograph images of objects swallowed by dogs they had treated. Think you can identify the things they found in the dog’s bellies?         ANSWERS: Photo #1: Fish…

Mysterious Wolf Attack

Was it the first ever recorded fatal wolf attack in North America? On November 8, 2005, a 22 year-old student is found dead from an apparent attack by wild animals in Canada. Did grey wolves kill him or merely scavenge his remains? If so, what would cause the normally shy wolves to attack? Join NGC…

Den-Decorating Octopus

The giant Pacific octopus is a fascinating eight-legged sea creature. Most people know that he can camouflage his coloring, release a cloud of black ink, squeeze through tiny spaces and even regrow a lost limb. But here’s a lesser-known fact: both captive and wild octopuses decorate their front yards. He tracks prey at night and…

Hot Dogs

Credit: Patrick J. Kiger Of my three dogs, I think my basset hound-pit bull mix Madge is definitely the smartest, at least when it comes to coping with the high 90-something, high humidity weather that we’re currently enduring. She’s retreated to the doggie bed in my son Minh’s bedroom, prudently close to both the window…

Leopard vs. Baboon

Eye of the Leopard tracks one cat for a remarkable three years in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. She’s called Legadema, or “Light from the Sky,” and we follow her from the first vulnerable days as a cub, through the development of her hunting instincts, to her later triumphs that make her one of the most feared…

The Peculiar Platypus

A half-ton tiger and lion hybrid. A 55-pound salamander. A spider the size of a dinner plate. Animal Oddities traverses the globe to examine some of the world’s most extraordinary animals. and researches these bizarre creatures and other unique species to give viewers an up-close look how they live, thrive and survive. Video Preview: One…

Living on a Stealth Sub

by the “21st Century Stealth Sub” production crew Long before I ever set foot on a submarine — or had any notion that I’d ever get to — I had decided that it was not someplace I’d ever like to be. All I knew of submarines was what you seen in the movies, and it seems like…