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Born Wild: The First Days Of Life

Across the animal kingdom, some of the most essential lessons — and the most extreme challenges — occur in the first moments of life. From ostrich to orangutan, egg sac to live birth, infanticide to matricide, the diversity of behaviors between parent and progeny is as great as the diversity of life on our planet. NATURE's "Born Wild: The First Days Of Life" follows the birth and first days of several species.

An emperor penguin pair with their chick (Antarctica).

An emperor penguin pair with their chick (Antarctica).

Credit: ©Fred Olivier

A two-week-old emperor penguin chick being incubated (Antarctic).

A two-week-old emperor penguin chick being incubated (Antarctic).

Credit: ©Doug Allan

A ring-tailed lemur and her baby are among the animals featured in this program, which captures the precious and perilous beginnings of creatures in the wild, from bears to hippopotami.

A ring-tailed lemur and her baby are among the animals featured in this program, which captures the precious and perilous beginnings of creatures in the wild, from bears to hippopotami.

Credit: ©Dan Rees

Orangutan mother and baby in a tree (Banghamat Island, Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo) are among the animals featured in this program, which captures the precious and perilous beginnings of creatures in the wild, from lions to toads.

Orangutan mother and baby in a tree (Banghamat Island, Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo) are among the animals featured in this program, which captures the precious and perilous beginnings of creatures in the wild, from lions to toads.

Credit: ©Rowan Musgrave

A baby vervet monkey (Samburu National Reserve, Kenya).

A baby vervet monkey (Samburu National Reserve, Kenya).

Credit: ©Anup Shah

A mountain gorilla mother holds her three-month-old infant (Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda).

A mountain gorilla mother holds her three-month-old infant (Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda).

Credit: ©Suzi Eszterhas

A chimpanzee mother and her youngster (Chimfunshi Orphanage, Zambia).

A chimpanzee mother and her youngster (Chimfunshi Orphanage, Zambia).

Credit: ©Andy Rouse

A baby elephant named Breeze. The first hours of an animal’s life are some of the most dangerous. This film follows the birth and first day of creatures from marmoset to moose to elephant and gorilla.

A baby elephant named Breeze. The first hours of an animal’s life are some of the most dangerous. This film follows the birth and first day of creatures from marmoset to moose to elephant and gorilla.

Credit: ©Verity White, 2008

A hippopotamus resting with its young (Masai Mara GR, Kenya).

A hippopotamus resting with its young (Masai Mara GR, Kenya).

Credit: ©Anup Shah

A female black bear and her cub (Yellowstone, Wyoming).

A female black bear and her cub (Yellowstone, Wyoming).

Credit: ©Philippe Clement

An African lioness licking young cub (Masai Mara GR, Kenya).

An African lioness licking young cub (Masai Mara GR, Kenya).

Credit: ©Anup Shah

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