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Our planet is populated with amazing animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some have only recently revealed their secrets.

Using the latest findings from cutting-edge science, this fascinating series reveals the remarkable evolutionary traits behind these wonders of the natural world.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities S4

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities S4

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David looks at two species with very different approaches to motherhood – the giant panda and the kiwi. While the panda protects its baby for months after birth, the kiwi produces one single egg that is a fifth of its body mass.

He finds out about two hybrid animals that owe their existence to human interference. The ‘pizzly’ bear is a cross between the polar bear and the grizzly, which has come into being because of global warming, while the killer bee has been brought into existence because of the transfer of African bees to South America.

And David also investigates two very different shells that have proved to be winners in evolution. The ostrich shell is so strong it’s possible for a person to stand on it without it breaking, while tortoise shell, made largely of bone, enables this slowliving creature to survive for hundreds of years.

Combining nature, scientific discovery and history together with stunning footage of animal behaviour, this series reveals yet another collection of fascinating natural curiosities.

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Episode 1, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 2:35pm

Impossible Feats

Episode 1 | Series 3

Sir David presents modern methods to test the extraordinary performances of super-athletic species from the muscular strength & jumping ability of insects to the land speed champion…

Episode 2, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 3:00pm

Curious Minds

Episode 2 | Series 3

Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough looks at the remarkable skills of animals, including the clever use of tools by orangutans.

Episode 3, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 3:25pm

Expandable Bodies

Episode 3 | Series 3

Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the animals that have intrigued him the most, including the anaconda which can swallow prey twice its own body size.

Episode 4, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 3:50pm

Curious Feeders

Episode 4 | Series 3

Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the animals that have intrigued him the most, including the flamingo which spends its life eating with its head upside down.

Episode 5, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 4:15pm

Curious Cures

Episode 5 | Series 3

Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary way animals protect themselves with natural remedies, including the 'sweat' produced by hippos which acts as…

Episode 6, Series 3

Wednesday December 26 at 4:40pm

Remarkable Regeneration

Episode 6 | Series 3

Legendary wildlife filmmaker David Attenborough reveals the animals that can do the seemingly impossible, including the salamander which can regenerate entire legs and tails to replace…

Episode 1, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 5:05pm

Episode 1 | Series 4

A look at the bizarre and sometimes deadly hybrids, such as the pizzly bear and the killer bee.

Episode 2, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 5:30pm

Episode 2 | Series 4

The dung beetle uses the sun, the moon and the Milky Way to move in the right direction.

Episode 3, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 5:55pm

Episode 3 | Series 4

David Attenborough examines animals with extreme young, including the panda and the kiwi.

Episode 4, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 6:20pm

Episode 4 | Series 4

David Attenborough explores whether there is counting in the natural world.

Episode 5, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 6:45pm

Episode 5 | Series 4

Investigation of two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution.

Episode 6, Series 4

Wednesday December 26 at 7:10pm

Episode 6 | Series 4

Examining why some species fight and what skills a winner must have.

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