‘Nature’ delivers curious otters, animal reunions, hawks and more this fall


“Nature” returns from its summer hiatus to show us the world from an animal point of view each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Oct. 4

“Naledi: One Little Elephant”
Born inside a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana, baby elephant Naledi loses her mother and faces the world alone. Although elephant families are close, it can be precarious for a newborn to survive without its mother. Naledi needs to be nursed, so when the herd’s matriarch can’t produce enough milk, Mike, Wellie, and the other caretakers at Abu Camp decide to take drastic measures before it is too late. They make sure a caretaker is with her around the clock, work to establish a bond, and finally entice her to take milk from a bottle. Follow this devoted team as they urge Naledi to survive and help find her place in the herd. Watch online.

Oct. 11

“Fox Tales”
Intelligent, resilient and bold, the red fox can change its behavior to thrive in new environments, from urban locales to the Arctic tundra. We’ll follow scientists in Madison, Wisconsin and Bristol, England as they track the movement of red foxes into cities – and we’ll also follow a red fox family raising young pups along the Newfoundland coast. Plus, explore the movement of red fox heading to a new habitat in the Arctic and watch as newborns inside the den vie to become the dominant pup. Watch online.

Oct. 18

“Animal Reunions”
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time. Watch online.

Oct. 25

“Charlie and the Curious Otters”
Elusive, playful and adaptable, otters are equally adept at hunting underwater as they are in a forest. But they are not easy to spot. Although they’ve been hunted for sport and fur, not one of the 13 species of otter has become extinct. Their success on both land and in water has fascinated wildlife filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James for years, so he decided to take a closer look. Join him as he follows the story of three curious river otter orphans in Wisconsin and visits otters all over the globe.

Nov. 1

“H is for Hawk: A New Chapter”
Helen Macdonald’s best-selling book “H is for Hawk” told the saga of a grieving daughter who found healing in training a goshawk. Now she digs deeper into the world of these raptors by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own.

Nov. 8

“The Cheetah Children”
In the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadows a wild cheetah family on foot, revealing in intimate detail the cubs’ journey to adulthood.

Nov. 22

“Nature’s Miniature Miracles”
Great things come in small packages. This film tells the epic survival stories of the world’s smallest animals, from a tiny sengi, the “cheetah” of the shrew world, to a small shark that walks on land. For these animals, size does not matter.

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