The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour

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The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour is a BBC documentary series presented by David Attenborough, looking at animal behavior. The series consists of twelve 50-minute episodes, each of which features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction. Full of stunning images to reveal the wonders of nature, the series uncovers how animals produce their next generation, how animals care for their young, how animals obtain their food and avoid their predators, how animals build their home, how animals communicate and how animals find their mate.

Episode 01 - Arriving
This episode examines the various methods by which creatures come into the world.

Episode 02 - Growing Up
This episode describes the ways that various species care for their young.

Episode 03 - Finding Food
This episode is devoted to the ways in which animals gather their sustenance.

Episode 04 - Hunting and Escaping
This episode looks at those that hunt other creatures and ways of avoiding capture.

Episode 05 - Finding the Way
This episode explores forms of navigation.

Episode 06 - Home Making
This episode deals with how animals construct their shelters from the elements and predators.

Episode 07 - Living Together
This episode focuses on those species that co-operate and depend on (or exploit) others.

Episode 08 - Fighting
This episode details how fighting - both physical and psychological - is used for food, land or to gain a mate.

Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals
This episode investigates the ways in which those animals that live in social groups interact with each other.

Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers
This episode concentrates on animal communication.

Episode 11 - Courting
This episode surveys the methods employed in attracting a mate, mainly those of birds.

Episode 12 - Continuing the Line
This episode illustrates how species fulfil their ultimate reason for existence and ensure that their genes are passed on to the next generation.

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