'NATURE: Natural Born Rebels'
(DVD / PG / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: Thieving macaques using psychology to pull off scams. Delinquent cockatoos vandalizing urban residences. Swaggering peacocks lying about their sexual exploits. These are nature's greatest rebels, succeeding by breaking all the rules.
DVD Verdict: Despite how it appears on the surface, researchers are discovering the complex and fascinating science behind why these animals behave the way they do.
From a promiscuous prairie dog to a kleptomaniac crab and an alpha chimpanzee who reigns with an iron fist, this simply fascinating three-part miniseries explores the most rebellious animals in the natural world.
But, the main question being asked throughout this new PBS Nature documentary is: Are these creatures really breaking bad?
Across the world, new studies are uncovering an astonishing variety of insubordinate animal behaviors, and despite how it appears on the surface, researchers are discovering the complex and fascinating Science behind why these animals behave the way they do.
Oh, and here's what we learn along the way:
Coconut crabs weigh up to nine pounds and may be the world's largest land crab. More than one million coconut crabs reside on Christmas Island, where they are known to locals as "robber crabs" for stealing anything they can get their CLAWS on in a competition for food.
Deer, the main prey of the tiger, are dichromats, which means their color vision comes from just two color receptors - they can only see greens and blues. This makes it harder to spot the orange stripes of tigers who wish to prey on them.
Hummingbirds have to eat more than twice their bodyweight in food each day. Most HUMMINGBIRDS get their food from the nectar of surrounding flowers in exchange for pollination. The Wedge-bill cheats this process by going straight to the base of the flower, opting out of pollination, but gaining the nectar. Scientists call this "floral larceny."
With a run time x3 60-minute episodes 'NATURE: Natural Born Rebels' is, quite easily, one of the more time worthy PBS documentaries that exists and is totally worthwhile of you to invest in; time wise and monetarily, trust me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.