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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 4, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 4:00am

Curious Imposters

Episode 4 | Series 2

Here we discover that some animals are able to trick others into believing they are something that they are not. The art of deception is a powerful attribute for some.

Episode 5, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 4:25am

Bad Reputations

Episode 5 | Series 2

After initially gaining frightening reputations, it's now known that gorillas and bats are a lot gentler and considerate than their early reputations suggest.

Episode 6, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 11:10am

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

Episode 7, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 11:35am

Life On Ice

Episode 7 | Series 2

In this episode we explore the remarkable adaptations of two creatures that have evolved to survive the most challenging of conditions and seem to defy the laws of nature.

Episode 6, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 9:30pm

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

Episode 7, Series 2

Thursday June 20 at 9:55pm

Life On Ice

Episode 7 | Series 2

In this episode we explore the remarkable adaptations of two creatures that have evolved to survive the most challenging of conditions and seem to defy the laws of nature.

Episode 6, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 3:35am

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

Episode 7, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 3:55am

Life On Ice

Episode 7 | Series 2

In this episode we explore the remarkable adaptations of two creatures that have evolved to survive the most challenging of conditions and seem to defy the laws of nature.

Episode 8, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 11:15am

Spinners And Weavers

Episode 8 | Series 2

We'll find out how nature is incredibly inventive and has produced two unique mechanisms of natural construction that have fascinated scientists; weaving in birds and silk.

Episode 9, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 11:40am

Strange Parents

Episode 9 | Series 2

"Strange Parents" asks how we usually recognise animals as either male or female and how each sex normally plays a particular role in their own life cycle.

Episode 8, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 9:20pm

Spinners And Weavers

Episode 8 | Series 2

We'll find out how nature is incredibly inventive and has produced two unique mechanisms of natural construction that have fascinated scientists; weaving in birds and silk.

Episode 9, Series 2

Friday June 21 at 9:45pm

Strange Parents

Episode 9 | Series 2

"Strange Parents" asks how we usually recognise animals as either male or female and how each sex normally plays a particular role in their own life cycle.

Episode 8, Series 2

Saturday June 22 at 3:20am

Spinners And Weavers

Episode 8 | Series 2

We'll find out how nature is incredibly inventive and has produced two unique mechanisms of natural construction that have fascinated scientists; weaving in birds and silk.

Episode 9, Series 2

Saturday June 22 at 3:45am

Strange Parents

Episode 9 | Series 2

"Strange Parents" asks how we usually recognise animals as either male or female and how each sex normally plays a particular role in their own life cycle.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday June 23 at 6:55am

Seeing The Pattern

Episode 5 | Series 1

In this episode David Attenborough looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.

Episode 1, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 7:15am

Virgin Births

Episode 1 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough uses this episode to investigate two animals who are capable of true virgin birth - the production of offspring without the need for sex.

Episode 2, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 7:40am

Armoured Animals

Episode 2 | Series 2

This episode explores the story of two animals that hide behind seemingly impregnable coat of arms. Can Sir David Attenborough get in behind their armour and reveal their mysteries…

Episode 3, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 8:05am

Life In The Dark

Episode 3 | Series 2

This time we take a look at the vision in squid and owls. Perhaps not a classic pairing, both owls and squid have incredible adaptations for being able to navigate at night.

Episode 4, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 8:30am

Curious Imposters

Episode 4 | Series 2

Here we discover that some animals are able to trick others into believing they are something that they are not. The art of deception is a powerful attribute for some.

Episode 5, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 8:55am

Bad Reputations

Episode 5 | Series 2

After initially gaining frightening reputations, it's now known that gorillas and bats are a lot gentler and considerate than their early reputations suggest.

Episode 6, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 9:20am

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

Episode 7, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 9:45am

Life On Ice

Episode 7 | Series 2

In this episode we explore the remarkable adaptations of two creatures that have evolved to survive the most challenging of conditions and seem to defy the laws of nature.

Episode 8, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 10:05am

Spinners And Weavers

Episode 8 | Series 2

We'll find out how nature is incredibly inventive and has produced two unique mechanisms of natural construction that have fascinated scientists; weaving in birds and silk.

Episode 9, Series 2

Sunday June 23 at 10:30am

Strange Parents

Episode 9 | Series 2

"Strange Parents" asks how we usually recognise animals as either male or female and how each sex normally plays a particular role in their own life cycle.

Episode 10, Series 2

Monday June 24 at 11:25am

Magical Appearances

Episode 10 | Series 2

"Magical Appearances" explores how swallows magically appear each spring and asks how did complex and beautiful insects like butterflies suddenly arrive in the summer.

Episode 1, Series 3

Monday June 24 at 11:50am

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 10, Series 2

Monday June 24 at 9:20pm

Magical Appearances

Episode 10 | Series 2

"Magical Appearances" explores how swallows magically appear each spring and asks how did complex and beautiful insects like butterflies suddenly arrive in the summer.

Episode 1, Series 3

Monday June 24 at 9:45pm

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 10, Series 2

Tuesday June 25 at 3:10am

Magical Appearances

Episode 10 | Series 2

"Magical Appearances" explores how swallows magically appear each spring and asks how did complex and beautiful insects like butterflies suddenly arrive in the summer.

Episode 1, Series 3

Tuesday June 25 at 3:30am

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…

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