Tag archives for Animals

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

Just over a week ago, on Sunday, November 2, Nat Geo WILD embarked on a three-month safari in Kruger National Park in Africa for Wild Safari Live, bringing viewers a live safari from the heart of Africa everyday in real-time. On Saturday, November 8, at 11:45 a.m. ET, our cameras captured groundbreaking footage of a pack of wild…

It takes a level of fearlessness to get up off the couch and voluntarily forfeit the comforts of modern life for a semi-primitive existence. Naturally, the cast of Live Free Or Die are an adventuresome, thick-skinned bunch. Whether out of nature or necessity, the show’s subjects haven’t shied away from the disgusting and the dangerous,…

This week on Yukon Vet, Dr. Oakley travels over 3,000 miles outside her normal stomping grounds to Val-d’Or, a far-flung corner of Quebec where she helps to save a herd of boreal caribou that is in danger of dying out. Dr. Oakley has a great deal of experience catching wild caribou. So Guylaine Seguin, a…

Getting Caught Up With Dr. K

The Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital has been teeming with cute, wild and sometimes unusual creatures this season on Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER. Prepared to talk all things small and scaly, Dr. K herself logged onto Facebook to answer some viewer’s most need-to-know questions. Q: What is the most interesting animal you have had to…

Leave it to other shows for titular metaphor and wit: Live Free Or Die is meant to be taken literally. Sure, the show is a window into expert DIY craft-making and life with minimal bathing, but there’s one primarily occupation that takes up the majority of the show’s run-time: finding food. Other interesting pursuits (like tool and…

Beyond it’s status as platform for the strange diets, habits and lifestyles of a select few back-to-nature Americans, Live Free or Die is also inadvertently one of the most interesting craft-making shows on television. Each week, virtually every cast member demonstrates a new way of replacing modern structures and tools with primitive and recycled alternatives –…

The ginseng hunters on Smoky Mountain Money are on a tight schedule – ‘senging season is short – and probably aren’t always sensitive to the environment around them (save threats and signs of ginseng). But even with that nose-to-the-ground work ethic, it can be difficult to ignore the sheer volume of wildlife crowded onto the…

Here’s the good thing about ginseng – it’s worth a ton of money and it’s in the ground, fresh for the taking in 19 states. You know what I’m going to say next, right? Yeah, harvesting wild ginseng is really difficult. Forget about the whole scaling a mountain through the rain looking for a few…

Dr. Pol may be from the Netherlands, but there’s no question his home is Michigan. Dr. Pol is just your average racehorse helpin’, outbreak stoppin’, bull-castrating, good old mid-western farm vet. First stop of the day – Finnerty Farms where a pink eye outbreak is threatening to spread to the entire herd. Doc Pol takes…

Combining the latest scientific research with intimate macrophotography, illuminating thermal images and slow-motion footage, The Secret Life of Cats exposes the awe-inspiring qualities that every cat possesses. Tracing a cat’s development from birth to six months, see how a blind, deaf and ultimately defenseless newborn evolves into an agile hunter, savvy survivalist and trusted confidant.…

The Pols Go Dutch

This week, the Pols go Dutch when a special visitor comes to town – Charles’ uncle Jan is visiting from the Netherlands! Uncle Jan doesn’t speak English and Charles promised to be fluent in Dutch when he arrives. With only a few days to spare, Charles is cramming in his lessons, but it may already…

This fall, love is in the air at Pol Clinic as Charles plans a surprise anniversary getaway for his parents. But there are sick animals across central Michigan that need Dr. Pol before he can get out of town and celebrate 46 years of marriage with Diane. First up is a bellowing, bloated calf with…

Dr. Brenda has been a staple at Pol Veterinary services for over 21 years. Starting fresh out of college, she’s been a part of the family ever since. Tonight on The Incredible Dr. Pol, the clinic staff and even some of the long-time clients reminisce about their fondest memories with the also incredible Dr. Brenda. The…

Veterinarian Jan Pol has won over audiences with his no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine — treating furry friends with unmatched compassion, humor and expertise. With thousands of clients ranging from large-scale farm animals to teacup-size household pets, he expertly balances the physical strains of birthing a cow with the surgical precision of suturing a shih…

Fish biologist Zeb Hogan is not after one, but two Monster Fish on tonight’s episode River Jaws.  He travels to the Land Down Under to track down both a bull shark and a speartooth shark.  This is no small task considering each of these species offers their own sizeable challenges.  The bull shark is incredibly…

Shark scientist Dr. Taylor Chapple and wildlife filmmaker and shark enthusiast Andy Casagrande are on a mission that could change the very basis of shark studies.  Tonight on Die Trying: Great White Ambush, a team of determined shark experts and engineers set out to get the video of a lifetime: a great white shark’s breach…

Monster Eel, Monster Shock?

Tonight on Monster Fish, host and fish biologist Zeb Hogan takes a trip to the Brazilian Amazon in search of powerful electric eels. He wants to determine once and for all if size matters. That is, whether a monster-size eel delivers a monster-size shock due to their size. A troop of local Amazonian fisherman help…

Can You Believe These Animals?

Tonight’s episode of Animals Gone Wild challenges you to guess what will happen next.  The animal kingdom is anything but predictable, and every individual has its own unique personality.  From our lovable household pets to wild, ravenous grizzlies, watch amazing clips of animals in Believe It Or Not and find out: What happens when this feline tries to make…

5 Bear Myths Debunked

Throughout this season of The Savage Line, the animal guards have showcased their limited non-lethal options in dealing with bears that threaten human populations. Killing these predators is oftentimes illegal, unwise or unethical, so the guards leaned on their professional knowledge of animal behavior to find ways to discourage the bears from entering settlements. Scientific…

There’s no part of the drug trade that isn’t dangerous, but transporting drugs can be one of the most risky stages of the process. On the season premiere of Drugs, Inc., the crew exposes the veins of Salt Lake City’s drug trade from the viewpoint of a DEA agent, an addict, a smuggler and a…

The Alaskans on Life Below Zero lead very different lives. Sue Aikens keeps her Kavik camp alive, the Hailstones help their family thrive, and Glenn lives to scavenge in the wild. But on the season finale of Life Below Zero, the survivalists all share one common goal – thwart the land’s predators, or turn into…

The three-part series “Wonder Of Dogs” examines the roles that dogs play in human society, and how these roles have evolved and changed in strange, exciting and unexpected ways. President Harry Truman is widely thought to have said “if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” A sarcastic comment on the cutthroat nature…

Arctic Wisdom: End Times

Even for the pros, survival is precarious in Alaska’s wilderness. From dodging mountains of snow to adapting to climate change, life is never easy for the Alaskans on Life Below Zero. And with just two episodes left in the season, the Arctic survivalists are battling to make it through the winter. The ever-resilient Sue Aikens vanquishes obstacle…

On last week’s episode of The Savage Line, animal guard Cory Valdes stumbled upon a fer-de-lance, a vicious snake whose name in French, roughly translated, means “lance head.” But while most know the snake as such, it has another, slightly less memorable name: Bothrops lanceolatus. Why does a snake with such an interesting, aggressive name…