This is one helluva great PBS Distribution DVD, guaranteed to bring out the beast in all of us.
My Wild Affair, being released on DVD July 22, tells moving stories of animals that formed an unlikely bond with a human by the people whose lives were changed forever. In a profoundly moving journey, they put their experiences into perspective. With unique access to home movies, film, and TV archives the stories span the decades from the 1950s to 1980s, and shine new light on the very different attitudes of a previous age. These rare relationships cross the divide between our species and provide a glimpse of the inner life of the creatures who share our world. Each animal’s story is a lesson from the recent past with the power to change our modern view of their species.
My Wild Affair has a running time of approximately 240 minutes on 2 discs. Sit down and enjoy and make sure your fave pet snuggling close.
The four episodes that makeup this incredible program are below.
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.
The Ape Who Went to College
This episode chronicles 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.”
The Rhino Who Joined the Family
An orphaned black rhinoceros who was rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert 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.
The Seal Who Came Home
Viewers 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 ever having to sacrifice his wildness.