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Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons

Meet the people who give orphaned animals a second chance.

Growing up in the wild is always rough – and young animals rely on their parents to protect and nurture them through the dangerous early phase of life. But how do young animals survive when they’ve lost their mothers? This heartwarming and emotional series follows the work of animal rescue centers around the world and introduces the extraordinary people who have devoted their lives to helping all sorts of wild orphans get back on their feet. It follows the different stages of caring for these little heroes, from rescuing and tending to young babies in the early stages of life, to teaching them how to look after themselves, and finally looking to the future when, hopefully, they will one day be released back into the wild.

In Melbourne, Australia, animal rescuers help fruit bat orphans survive the crucial first four months until they are weaned and able to be released. And see a compound that cares for 20 kangaroos. In Costa Rica, a two-toed sloth learns how to climb, spend nights outside alone, and even swim, to prepare her for the wild.

NATURE: Nature’s Miracle Orphans, Part 2, Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

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