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January 25, 2017

Spy in the Wild: Robotic Animals Go Undercover.

Do you spend hours watching videos of kittens, puppies and monkeys?

Then I’ve got a treat for you.

To put it kindly, I am obsessed. Put an animal in front of me and I will drop anything and watch that animal navigate life.

Driving down the highway—in the passenger seat—I watch the red tail hawk scanning the median for rodents.

Sitting in the living room, I watch my dog and cat negotiating for the best spot in front of the wood stove.

Through the woods, I follow the tracks of the wild turkeys, hoping to figure out where they sleep (in the high grass in the summer fields and on snow covered trees in the winter) and what they munch on (fall apples and pine tree seeds).

Watching animals go about their life is inspiring to me. Animals know what they need and they go for it. They don’t play coy, they don’t hope someone else will speak up for them or read their mind. Animals follow their instincts in order to eat, sleep, play, and be content. What a concept!

Needless to say, when I saw that PBS will be coming out with a new Nature Mini Series called “Spy In the Wild” my heart started beating faster.

Here is what it’s all about:

This innovative five-part series employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild.

Seriously, how cool is that?

They put these amazingly realistic robots into natural animal habitats and record an intimate look into the animal’s family life. Turns out, animals are more like us than we ever imagined. But, you and I knew that already.

Let’s watch: Wednesdays, February 1 – March 1 at 8/7c on PBS. (Check local listings.)

Let’s see what we learn and how we can apply it to our own life.

Let’s be inspired!

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Author: Nicole Birkholzer

Image: Youtube

Editor: Molly Murphy

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