Nature: Animal Odd Couples
Airs Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published November 27, 2012 at 4 p.m., updated October 21, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
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Are animals capable of feeling complex emotions? Recent observations of unexpected cross-species relationships in zoos and animal sanctuaries around the world may provide some answers.
Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate mother; a juvenile gibbon choosing to live with a family of capuchins, and so on. Instincts gone awry? The subject has mystified scientists for years.
In "Animal Odd Couples," NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds. Informed by the observations of caregivers and noted scientists Temple Grandin and Marc Bekoff, the film explores what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
Read an article about Animal Odd Couples by Dr. Marc Bekoff.
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