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Spy in the Wild: A 5-Part Nature Miniseries

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:25pm -- WCVE

In the most innovative production Nature has ever presented, this five-part series employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. These “spycams” reveal animals as having emotions and behavior similar to humans: specifically, a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, and invent.

Watch Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries: Episode 1-Love February 1 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS. Check listings for additional air-times. Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing if they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the “spycams” as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys.

Among the featured Spy Creatures are: Spy Orangutan, Spy Croc Hatchling, Spy Meerkat, Spy Egret, Spy Tortoise, Spy Prairie Dog, Spy Macaw, Spy Sloth, Spy Cobra, Spy Bushbaby, Spy Squirrel, Spy Adelie, and Spy Baby Hippo. These robotic, uncanny look-alikes infiltrate the natural world to film surprising behavior among wildlife from around the globe.

Descriptions for the next 4 episodes:

  • Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries: Intelligence
    Episode 2 airs Wednesday, February 8 at 8 p.m.

    Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap.
  • Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries: Friendship
    Episode 3 airs Wednesday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

    Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.
  • Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries: Bad Behavior
    Episode 4 airs Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m.

    Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime, and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.
  • Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries: Meet the Spies
    Episode 5 airs Wednesday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

    The final episode explains how the concept of the Spy Creatures evolved at John Downer Productions from the original Bouldercam to the Penguincams that inspired the next-generation “spycams” featured in this series. It shows the painstaking work that goes into building the lifelike models and how the team deploys and operates the robotic cameras on location all over the world. It contains funny and unexpected moments, much of which is experienced from the viewpoint of the “spycams” themselves.