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Natural Born Rebels

Natural Born Rebels

  • Premiered: 
    April 25, 2018
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    A miniseries from Nature 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

NATURAL BORN REBELS is a three-part documentary that explores the most rebellious animals in the natural world -- from a promiscuous prairie dog to a kleptomaniac crab and an alpha chimpanzee who reigns with an iron fist. 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. In fact, being a rebel could be the key to success in the wild. The three episodes are:

"Hunger Wars" (Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8pm): Meet the animals who will steal, cheat and fight to get food, including kleptomaniac crabs, thieving macaques, con artist spiders, tricky tigers and cannibalistic lizards. Featured Species: Coconut crabs, American pikas, Rhesus macaques, Tigers, Jumping spiders, Pygmy falcons, Wedge-billed hummingbirds, Mouse lemurs, Chimpanzees, Aegean wall lizards.

"Survival" (Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8pm): Some animals will do whatever it takes to survive. Cockatoos turn to vandalism, boxer crabs hold anemones hostage, sloths become filthy, puff adders have an 'invisibility cloak' to hide themselves, and chimps use violence to stay in power. Featured species: Sulphur-crested cockatoos, Stone martens, Boxer crabs, Three-toed sloths, Puff adders, Hermit crabs, Striated caracaras, and Chimpanzees

"The Mating Game" (Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8pm): Getting ahead in the mating game requires some astonishing behavior -- from promiscuous prairie dogs to manakin pick-up artists, kidnapping macaques and hyenas with a bad case of sibling rivalry. Featured species: Gunnison's prairie dogs, Praying mantis, Banded mongooses, Dawson's burrowing bees, Peacocks, Long-tailed manakins, Spotted hyenas, and Barbary macaques

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by THIRTEEN
  • Produced by BBC Studios
  • In association with WNET