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Extraordinary Animals

Post by Pavy Crevis » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:05 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Elephant Artist
Aired: 02nd January 2008


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Series of documentaries profiling members of the animal kingdom who have amazing talents. This programme explores the extraordinary abilities of Hong, an elephant whose painting skills have rocked the art world and challenged hitherto accepted views on animal intelligence. Can Hong's work pass as art in a top London gallery?

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:06 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Grim Reaper Dog
Aired: 03rd January 2008


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This film tells the story of Skamp, a four-year-old schnauzer who has correctly predicted the death of 58 residents of a nursing home in Ohio over the last three years. The dog alerts staff by barking and then stays with the patients until they pass away. Is this just pure coincidence, or is there a scientific explanation to the animal's behaviour?

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:53 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Smartest Sea Lion
Aired: 04th January 2008


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This film focuses on Rio, a sea lion who demonstrates an extraordinary ability to solve logical problems. Reared at the Marine Mammal Laboratory in California, Rio formed a strong bond with Dr Ron Schusterman whose subsequent research illustrated that the animal performed better in a series of logical tests than some humans

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:12 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Genius Parrot
Aired: 05th January 2008


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This programme explores the case of Griffin - a parrot whose extraordinary cognitive and communication skills have altered the scientific perception of avian intelligence. Also featured is Einstein, a 22-year-old parrot with an incredible talent for mimicry

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:46 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Greatest Ape
Aired: 06th January 2008


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Series of documentaries profiling some remarkable members of the animal kingdom. This edition focuses on Azy, a 30-year-old orang-utan with incredible mental abilities. Over a number of years, Azy has displayed his intelligence by recognising symbols and objects; demonstrating self-awareness; and showing exceptional memory skills.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:19 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - E6 - The Super Sonic dolphin
Aired: 22nd January 2008


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Series of documentaries profiling some remarkable members of the animal kingdom. This film introduces Luna, a six-year-old bottlenose dolphin whose starring role in a radical new scientific project is allowing humans and dolphins to communicate on a new level


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Post by Pavy Crevis » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:52 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Memory Chimp
Aired: 29th January 2008


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Series of documentaries profiling some remarkable members of the animal kingdom. Ayumu is a seven-year-old chimpanzee living in a scientific research centre in Japan, whose amazing abilities are changing the popular perception of chimpanzee intelligence.


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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:53 pm

Extraordinary Animals - S02E01 - The Mathematical Dog
Aired: 20th May 2008


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Maggie is a seven-year-old Jack Russell terrier who may be able to count. This cunning canine can apparently solve simple mathematical challenges by tapping out the answer with her paw. But is Maggie a genuine animal genius or is she responding to subtle cues from her owner?

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:11 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - The Smartest Pig
Aired: 3rd June 2008


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This instalment focuses on Nellie, a particularly intelligent pig who has become something of a star owing to her remarkable abilities.
In September 1992, a pig was born on an Ohio farm that stood out from the rest of its brood. Nellie, as she was named, was energetic and inquisitive, constantly on the run, and would eagerly gravitate towards people who entered the farrowing room. At eight weeks of age, Nellie boarded a jet and was flown across to Washington State to live with her new owners – Priscilla and Steve Valentine.

Right away, it was clear that Nellie was a different sort of pig. She did not sleep as much as other pigs, and got bored easily. She was temperamental, sensitive and liked to stay clean. Nellie seemed at her happiest when she was learning or performing simple tasks – and spent much of her time looking at her owners, as if to say, “What can we do next?”
When the Valentines began to teach Nellie tricks, she caught on so quickly that it was a challenge to keep her stimulated. While spending time in her own – pink-walled – bedroom, she often played her miniature grand piano without supervision, or whiled away the time pushing a golf ball into a putting cup. Recognising Nellie’s star potential, Priscilla and Steve launched her performing career.
After Nellie’s first appearance in front of an audience, there was no going back. The pint-sized pig raced across the stage chasing footballs, leaping through hoops and playing to the audience’s enthusiastic applause.
Some years later, little has changed. The piggy prima donna still has her own suburban bedroom, but it is decorated with porcine publicity stills. The forty-pound Nellie now has personal credit cards, and even receives fan mail.
This week’s Extraordinary Animals catches up with Nellie at her Washington State home, before following her to Fort Lewis army base where she is due to perform for soldiers and their families. The film also explores the science behind Nellie’s tricks. Is it possible that Nellie knows what she is doing? Does she understand the tasks she performs? Could Nellie really be the world’s smartest pig?
Among the scientists involved in the documentary is Dr Candace Croney of Oregon State University’s Animal Sciences Department. A specialist in bioethics and animal behaviour research, Dr Croney worked with Professor Stanley Curtis on the famous ‘joy stick experiment’, which proved that pigs were capable of high levels of cognitive thought.
But porcine intelligence will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time around these social, playful animals. “Pigs have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than] three-yearolds,” says Dr Donald Broom of Cambridge University. Dr Broom has created a ‘pig mirror test’, in which pigs are shown a mirror, before being encouraged to retrieve objects reflected in the mirror. The results of these tests suggest that pigs appreciate the difference between reality and the reflected image, thus demonstrating a high level of cognitive awareness – similar to that achieved by young children when they first become aware of themselves.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:28 am

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E03 - The Piano Playing Cat
Aired: 10th June 2008


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Nora the cat has learned how to play the piano. Picking up cues from her piano-teacher owner, Betsy, Nora has demonstrated an incredible mastery of this complex instrument. Her choice of keys seems deliberate and she does not pound the piano. Like a true maestro, she strokes the keys and creates her own rhythm. Although partial to duets, Nora also enjoys playing on her own. Betsy has often woken up in the morning to the sound of her extraordinary pet tinkling the ivories.

From her humble beginnings, Nora has shown that she is rather different to other cats. Taken in as a stray, Nora immediately caused chaos in Betsy’s home, fighting with other cats and refusing to get along. But Nora has always adored her owner and, after watching Betsy and her students at work, she began to play herself.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:21 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E04 - The Bravest Horse
Aired: 17th June 2008


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Documentary series profiling remarkable animals from across the globe. This edition focuses on Kenny, the horse who led a pack of mounted police into an angry mob of rioters during an anti-war demonstration in 2003. While some may argue that horses are flighty by nature and incapable of deliberate acts of bravery, scientists have proven that for some special horses the opposite is true.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:38 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E05 - The Wi-Fly Pigeon
Aired: 24th June 2008


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Our hero is a homing pigeon called Spitfire who works for an adventure sports company in Colorado. When tourists go white-water rafting in the Rockies, a photographer on the bank takes their picture, but getting the camera's memory card back down the mountain in time has been impossible - until Spitfire came to the rescue. Wearing a little backpack just large enough to carry the card, he flies back over the mountains, his homing skills guiding him back to the company's HQ. It's a fine example of the brilliance of homing pigeons, which the film does its best to explain scientifically. Did you know they can fly 600 miles a day? It's all for sex, apparently.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:56 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E06 - The Superstar Chimp
Aired: 1st July 2008


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Documentary series profiling remarkable animals from across the globe. This episode focuses on Panzee, a chimp whose learning abilities have stunned scientists. Not only does Panzee understand more English words than any other chimp in the world, she can also communicate with her human keepers, and has even developed a basic grasp of economics.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:28 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E07 - The Superfurry Heroes
Aired: 08th July 2008


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Documentary series profiling remarkable animals from across the globe. This edition focuses on some small furry animals with unexpected talents. In Tanzania, scientists have trained rats to detect patients with tuberculosis and locate landmines in fields. Meanwhile, back in the UK, ferrets are using their incredible flexibility to thread cables and unblock pipes in hard-to-reach places.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:27 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E08 - The Brainy Raven
Aired: 15th July 2008


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A raven in Austria has astounded scientists with his amazing intelligence and creativity. Four-year-old Ellias brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'bird brained'. He has developed clever strategies for protecting his food, demonstrates a remarkable sense of fun and is even learning to use a computer.

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Post by Pavy Crevis » Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:18 pm

Channel 5 - Extraordinary Animals - S02E09 - The SOS Dog Squad
Aired: 29th July 2008


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Documentary series profiling remarkable animals from across the globe. This edition focuses on some truly Herculean hounds - three working dogs who are so adept at their jobs that they leave their human counterparts in the dust. There is Saxon, the pooch who can sniff out suspicious circumstances in burnt buildings; Bilbo, the craggy canine who patrols the dangerous shores of Cornwall; and Orson, the awesome avalanche rescue dog.

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