Airs Monday September 1st at 8pm on Channel 17
3:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Man Made Miracles for Animal Lovers. Watch My Bionic Pet on Nature.

Nature: My Bionic Pet (8 pm)

Martin Kaufmann - Co-Owner/Founder, OrthoPets
Martin Kaufmann - Co-Owner/Founder, OrthoPets
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The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks, or tails because of disease, accidents, or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefiting both animals and humans. We will meet these inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.

Wild Australasia (9 pm)

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Australia is like no other continent on Earth. Isolated from the rest of the world for a staggering 45 million years, this enormous island contains a breathtaking array of distinctive and bizarre species. Wild Australasia is an epic journey of exploration - an investigation of the natural wonders of Australia and its closest islands. From the tropical jungle to the vast shallow coral reefs; from burning deserts to snowy mountains; from temperate forests to tiny offshore islands; the series reveals how the continent was transformed from a lush green wilderness to a thriving developed nation with a vast desert at its heart.

Wild !  Megafalls of Iguaco (10 pm)

The Iguacu Falls, one of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders, is three times the size of Niagara.  This film explores Iguacu National Park on the Brazilian-Argentine border, home to some of the largest waterfalls on Earth. The story follows animals native to this Atlantic rainforest habitat, including kamikaze-like swifts who live behind and fly through the thundering masses of falling water, as well as spotted jaguars and a family of coatis. The film also shows the struggle of park rangers to defend this threatened reserve from opportunistic exploitation.

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