Witness the special connection between animals and humans in a new four-part series, My Wild Affair. This new series premieres at 8pm Wednesday, July 16, on CET and ThinkTV16 with The Elephant Who Found a Mom.
In this new series, humans share their individual experiences with animals in what is a profoundly moving journey, paired with unique access to home movies, film and television archives spanning the 1950s to 1980s. These rare relationships cross the divide between species and give viewers a glimpse into the inner life of the creatures who share our world. Each animal anecdote provides an insightful lesson about the incredible nature of the species.
Here is the line-up of episodes:
July 16 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Focusing on the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent, a crisis arrives when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. Aisha refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
July 23 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
The Ape Who Went to College
Follow the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
July 30 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.
August 6 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
The Seal Who Came Home
Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.