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NATURE: Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns

Airs Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Cloud canters across the open meadows of his mountain home in Montana.

Watch the drama unfold as Cloud struggles to keep his family intact in the face of challenges both natural and man made.

Cloud and his son, Bolder, spar atop the Arrowhead Mountains.
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Above: Cloud and his son, Bolder, spar atop the Arrowhead Mountains.

In 1995, while filming wild horses in the mountains of Montana, Ginger Kathrens discovered a striking, almost pure white colt just hours after his birth. Kathrens named him Cloud. She feared that his distinctive coat would make him an obvious target for mountain lions; but he survived and Kathrens continued to follow him in his adventures.

In "Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies" this wild horse developed from a bumbling, unsteady colt into an adventurous, defiant youth.

In "Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns," Cloud is now a band stallion with a mare and her children, a yearling and a foal. Meanwhile, Cloud’s own child, which has a telltale golden coat, lives with another herd and will never know him as his father.

As the seasons pass, foals are born, brothers fight against one another for control of mates, and Cloud’s legacy grows. Threats come not only from rivals, but from government agencies struggling to manage both human and equine interests.

Yet the biggest trial Cloud’s herd faces is yet to come: surviving an out-of-control wildfire that that threatens their lives and home. Join these legendary wild horses on their adventures on NATURE’s "Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns."

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Above: This film premiered November 23, 2003. In "Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns," Cloud is now a band stallion with a mare and her children, a yearling and a foal. Meanwhile, Cloud’s own child, which has a telltale golden coat, lives with another herd and will never know him as his father.

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Video Excerpt: Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns: Roundup

Above: In this sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies,” filmmaker Ginger Kathrens continues to chronicle the lives of a band of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana. Every few years, a government roundup threatens to tear apart the family life of wild horses.

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Video Excerpt: Cloud's Legacy: Flint

Above: Emmy-winning wildlife filmmaker Ginger Kathrens continues her chronicle of Cloud, the iconic white stallion whose life she has recorded since his birth in the wild. Kathrens' sequel offers intimate glimpses into the complex social structures of wild horses and illustrates the perils these animals confront. Cloud's first foal is named for the rocks common in the Arrowheads.