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Animal behavior, weaponry and superpowers are as varied as the creatures themselves. This month Nature and NOVA explore some of the strategies, techniques and tools our furry and feathered friends use to survive.

Nature

Natural Born Rebels | Episode 1

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Meet the animals who will steal, cheat and fight to get food.

NATURE: Natural Born Rebels 
Survival
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7 PM

Some animals will do whatever it takes to survive. Cockatoos turn to vandalism, boxer crabs hold anemones hostage, sloths become filthy, puff adders have an "invisibility cloak" to hide themselves, and chimps use violence to stay in power.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/01/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/03/2021 @ 3:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/05/2021 @ 1:00 AM

NATURE: NATURAL BORN REBELS
The Mating Game
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 7 PM

Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior from promiscuous prairie dogs, to backstabbing manakins, kidnapping macaques, and hyenas with a bad case of sibling rivalry.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/08/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/10/2021 @ 3:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/12/2021 @ 1:00 AM
Nature

Natural Born Rebels | Episode 3

Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior.

Nature

Remarkable Rabbits - Preview

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Meet the many species of remarkable rabbits and the scientists working to save them.

NATURE
REMARKABLE RABBITS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7 PM

There are more than 100 types of rabbits and hares, both domestic and wild, from snowshoe hares to Flemish giants. Despite their extraordinary ability to reproduce, many wild rabbits are in danger of being eradicated.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/15/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/17/2021 @ 3:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/19/2021 @ 1:00 AM

NOVA
NATURE’S FEAR FACTOR
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 8 PM

For animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the normal balance of competition and predation was upended when a war wiped out the top predators. The remaining animals didn’t simply grow in numbers—they began behaving in unusual ways, veering outside their typical territories and feeding patterns.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/01/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/02/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/02/2021 @ 12:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/03/2021 @ 4:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/05/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/02/2021 @ 6:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/02/2021 @ 11:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Fri, 09/03/2021 @ 7:00 AM
NOVA

Nature's Fear Factor Preview

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Can bringing predators—and fear—back into an ecosystem help restore its natural balance?

NOVA

Extreme Animal Weapons Preview

0:30
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NOVA uncovers the secrets of nature’s battleground—claws, horns, fangs and all.

NOVA
EXTREME ANIMAL WEAPONS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 8 PM

From lobster claws and dog teeth to bee stings and snake fangs, every creature depends on a weapon. Some are armed to extremes that make no practical sense—whether it’s bull elks with giant 40-pound antler racks or tiny rhinoceros beetles with horns bigger than their body. What explains giant tusks, horns and claws that can slow an animal down and even impair health and nutrition?

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/08/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/09/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/09/2021 @ 12:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/10/2021 @ 4:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/12/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/09/2021 @ 6:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/09/2021 @ 11:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Fri, 09/10/2021 @ 7:00 AM

NOVA
BAT SUPERPOWERS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 8 PM

Bats have a sinister reputation as the source of some of the world’s deadliest viruses: Ebola, MERS, SARS, and most recently, SARS-CoV-2. They are resistant to the very diseases they carry, have freakishly long lifespans, and are also resistant to other diseases like cancer. By understanding these unique creatures, they might unlock the key for humans to live longer, healthier lives.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/15/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/16/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/16/2021 @ 12:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/17/2021 @ 4:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/19/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/16/2021 @ 6:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/16/2021 @ 11:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Fri, 09/17/2021 @ 7:00 AM
NOVA

Bat Superpowers Preview

0:30
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Could the source of the deadliest viruses hold the secret to a healthier and longer life?

NOVA

The Cannabis Question Preview

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As state-legalized cannabis spreads, NOVA explores its little-known risks and benefits.

NOVA
THE CANNABIS QUESTION
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 8 PM

A huge social experiment is underway. Fifty-five million Americans say they currently use cannabis, and that number is expected to grow as voters push for legalization in more and more states. Though many believe cannabis is benign, and even beneficial, the federal government classifies it—like heroin—as a Schedule 1 drug, one that has no medical uses and poses serious safety concerns.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/29/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/30/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/30/2021 @ 12:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/30/2021 @ 6:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 09/30/2021 @ 11:00 PM