My Wild Affair
Preview Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions.
Watch Wednesdays, July 16 – August 6, 2014 at 8pm on WMHT TV.
Witness the special connection between animals and humans in MY WILD AFFAIR, a four-part series on PBS that will air as part of the network’s “Think Wednesday” lineup of science and nature programming. Paired with unique access to home movies, film and television archives spanning the 1950s to 1980s, humans share their individual experiences with animals in what is a profoundly moving journey. 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.
The Elephant Who Found a Mom | July 16, 2014 at 8pm on WMHT TV
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. Additional airdate: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8pm on WORLD.
The Ape Who Went to College | July 23, 2014 at 8pm on WMHT TV
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.” Additional airdate: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 8pm on WORLD.
The Rhino Who Joined the Family | July 30, 2014 at 8pm on WMHT TV
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. Additional airdate: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8pm on WORLD.
The Seal Who Came Home | August 6, 2014 at 8pm on WMHT TV
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. Additional airdate: Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8pm on WORLD.