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"That's My Baby" on Animal Planet

 
 
Roberta
 
Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 08:46 am
Every Tuesday night at nine (in NYC), Animal Planet airs a show called That's My Baby. Each week two pregnant animals are followed in the days leading up to their giving birth. We learn about the species and/or breed. And we learn about the pet owner (when pets are involved), which is a mixed blessing.

We see, with our own eyes, baby animals being born. This never ceases to amaze and thrill me. The show then gives viewers the opportunity to see the baby animals a few weeks later. In the case of pets, we get to see who the new owners are.

There are also occasional random sequences where we see the birth of an animal without the whole build up and follow up.

So far I've seen a great variety of dog breeds being born--from chihuahuas to Chinese cresteds to great Danes to border collies to huskies. I've seen horses being born, a llama, a rhino, a seal, a beluga whale, a killer whale, and an orangutan.

I cannot recommend this show highly enough. I smile just thinking about it.
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princessash185
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 08:55 am
It's one of my sister's favorites as well, Roberta :-)
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Piffka
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 09:17 am
Thanks for telling me. I don't watch much TV, but I'll look for this.

When I was younger it seemed like lots of people had cats and dogs that had babies, but now, we're all so concerned (and rightfully so) about over-breeding that the joys of little baby animals isn't in the box in the laundry room or just down the street.

I played with some kittens a month ago... sigh.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 10:24 am
Oh, we love this show.

It's always fun to see the little foals. They're only about an hour old and trying to stand up. They're always wobbly, always tentative, and then suddenly they put it all together and are walking around. The followup shows them running and playing with their mothers and it's just so beautiful.

The puppies are also a treat. They all look so similar when they're born. Without looking at the mother, you might mistake a Shar pei pup for a Great Dane or a Chihuahua.

The zoo animals are also neat. You get to see how the keepers get in a medical exam while feeding them or giving them a belly rub. I don't know why, but I adore - and I mean, adore - baby rhinos and baby elephants. Baby hippos are also beyond cute. I dunno, there's just something about their wide faces and big eyes, staring at the world for the first time. :-D
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 11:10 am
Jes!! A kindred spirit. I'm panting to meet a baby rhino. If I were younger, I'd be nagging my poor mother to get me one. They are beyond cute. I've always loved baby elephants and did spend a considerable amount of time trying to wangle one out of my parents. No luck. And no surprise. And where would we have kept an elephant in the Bronx? Not in the apartment, silly. In the alley. Baby rhinos. Cute, big, trotting around sticking their noses into everything. Not realizing that they're enormous. I love them. Okay. I'll stop. I love to see the foals trying to stand up. All legs and so wobbly. Reminds me of Thumper's remark about Bambi. "Kinda wobble-y, isn't he?"

Princess, Your sister. Another kindred spirit?

Piffka, Look for this show. It's a keeper. Did you know that baby hippos are born under water? Neither did I. Watching a whale in labor is something to behold. You knew about the elephant. But I hadn't filled you in on my rhino nutsiness. Yup. A rhino. Hey, they're smaller than elephants. I'm improving.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 11:25 am
We could share the baby rhino. We have a fairly nice detached garage, but it'll need to be heated. 'Course the neighbors will wonder about a rhino in Brighton, but we don't talk to them much anyway.

"Oh, sorry about the massive guano, Mr. __."
"Oops, the rhino got loose last night. It may have run into your car. Here's the number for my insurance company."
"Yes, we'll rent the rhino out for grass cutting and weeding."

They're not only smaller than elephants, they also seem to be quieter. We could do this. You can come visit the rhino if you wish. Bring celery.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 11:31 am
OOoh, I want to watch!

(I do miss my TV sometimes.)

I used to work in a zoo, and got to see all kinds of cool babies close up and personal. Held a tiny baby tiger! All enormous paws. Also saw a baby tapir (cuter than you'd think), a baby beluga (cue Raffi), and all manner of babies in the petting zoo -- goats, llamas, rabbits, etc., etc., etc.
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princessash185
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 04:09 pm
My sister sits glued to animal planet for hours, and on either side of "That's My Baby" just in case they show two in a row :-)
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 04:17 pm
<nodding> Animal Planet and Discovery Channel are regular watching here.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2003 09:52 pm
Jes, Sharing? I can come to visit? Not sharing. Visiting. Which is okay with me. I considered protesting. You keep the rhino for a week; I keep the rhino for a week. But the rhino, even a baby, won't fit in the elevator. And I really can't see how a rhino could adjust to alternate side of the street parking. So, you keep the rhino. I'll visit.

Soz, How fantastic to have had such a job. I'm green with envy. I've been a member of the NY Conservation Society for many years. Before it was the NYCS, it was the NY Zoological Society--or, to my way of the thinking, the Zoo. Membership numbers have gone through the roof, but back in the old days when it was the Zoo, members had some privileges, like meeting and touching animals. Getting to ask the keepers stuff. So I've had a few close encounters of the animal kind, but never with a tiger. I'm still green.

Is there a baby animal that isn't cute? Well, maybe some boids.

Princess, Yup, Animal Planet isn't in the regular listings. I'm always flipping over to see what I'm missing.

Cav, What about National Geographic channel? Some good stuff there too.
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 07:43 am
With Mom: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:rujsI7KoyDAC:www.digitalstream.co.nz/clients/zoo/images/baby_rhino.jpg

Hangin' Out: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:9ZnaBs0LpzkC:www.africanconservancy.org/images/BabyRhino.JPG

Out for a Stroll: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:MGIxG_O4HaIC:www.bespolka.com/bespolka%2520web%2520site/Africa%2520Trip%252000-01/Zimbabwe/Zimbabwe01_Matabo41_Exit_BabyRhino_2841_Web.gif

Oh so sleepy: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:SR2fYlXS8W4C:www.twotins.net/ewen/digital/baby-rhino-at-werribee/8229-rhino-napping.jpg

And they're apparently kinda kissable: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:gg6hlsWwwsMC:wildnetafrica.co.za/rhino/fun_stuff/imgs/kissingrhino.jpg
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 08:25 am
Jespah!!! I can't thank you enough for these wonderful photos. You lifted my spirits, which were sorely in need of lifting. You made my day. :-D
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jespah
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 08:48 am
I loved the kissable one. It was total serendipity; I just searched for baby rhino photos and there it was. I bet their breaths are kinda sweet, like horses are, all hay and carrots and just, I dunno, anyway, I'm glad to help - I'm smilin', too.
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princessash185
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 05:06 pm
Two episodes on today at 2 pm eastern. . . pigs and Tia the Guard Dogs of America breeder. . . especially the puppies were pure joy to watch. . .
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 06:34 pm
Here I was thinking the show was on at night--one night a week. What do I know? Princess, you caught the afternoon show. I discovered that there are two half hour episodes on in the morning also. I saw a border collie and a horse (Arabian).

Animal Planet is having a population explosion!
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princessash185
 
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Reply Thu 4 Dec, 2003 06:35 pm
hehe. . . there was a bonus kitty delivery on the pig show. . .
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2004 05:12 am
I continue to watch this show and enjoy it. But I gotta tell ya--the animals is great, but da peoples is nuts. This morning a pregnant ferret was thrown a baby shower. Gifts, games, prizes, cake. NUTS!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jan, 2004 02:37 pm
This image is from the link in BBB's "The year in wonderful pictures" thread, thought of you when I saw it, Roberta.

http://www.sfgate.com/gate/pictures/2003/12/22/hippo-264x198-baby.jpg
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jan, 2004 03:44 pm
Soz, Mercy bow coo. Major big smile. What a cutie. And so buoyant. :-D
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