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Growing Up... Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

27 Episodes 2001 - 2007

Episode 1


Mon, Aug 27, 2001 60 mins

Brad Pitt narrates this chronicle of orphaned Alaskan grizzly bears that were rescued and then raised by a Utah family that trains bruins for the movies. Cubs Little Bart and Honey-Bump travel to Hollywood, where their adopted brother, Tank, is seen in a starring role on the set of "Doctor Dolittle 2," and the little bears get an ice-cream treat.

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Episode 2


Sat, Aug 9, 2003 60 mins

At the Wild Animal Orphanage near San Antonio, four rescued lion cubs are raised and cared for during illness.

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Episode 3


Sat, Aug 9, 2003 60 mins

Big cats are cared for at the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas. Included: the birth of two tiger cubs and their first year.

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Episode 4

Grizzly 2

Sun, Jan 18, 2004 60 mins

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Episode 5


Mon, Jul 12, 2004 60 mins

Cayla, Cane and Ceiran, three cheetahs born in South Africa's Cango Wildlife Ranch, are raised as part of a conservation program. Included: a Labrador helps to raise the cubs. Also: deciding which of the cheetahs will stay at the ranch.

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Episode 6


Mon, Jul 19, 2004 60 mins

Hand-rearing marsupials in Australia's Trowunna Wildlife Park includes spotted quoll, two Tasmanian devils, and a wombat.

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Episode 7


Mon, Jul 26, 2004 60 mins

A profile of Maximus the elephant at Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary in Arkansas, from birth through his troubled first year.

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Episode 8


Mon, Aug 2, 2004 60 mins

Six timber-wolf pups are hand-raised at Minnesota's Wildlife Science Center, with domestic dogs acting as surrogate mothers.

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Episode 9

Clouded Leopard

Mon, Aug 9, 2004 60 mins

A pair of clouded leopard cubs named Ming and Mei are hand-raised in preparation for display at the Nashville Zoo in an Asian rainforest exhibit.

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Episode 10


Mon, Aug 16, 2004 60 mins

At the Sanwild Animal Sanctuary in South Africa's Limpopo Province, Louise Joubert raises three baby zebras, preparing to release them back into the wild, but a drought rages through the area, complicating efforts.

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Episode 11


Mon, Aug 30, 2004 60 mins

Four orphaned Chacma baboons are raised by Rita Miljo at the Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education in South Africa's Limpopo Province.

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Episode 12

Black Bear

Mon, Sep 6, 2004 60 mins

A three-week-old black-bear cub is rescued from backyard wildlife dealers and raised by Peggy Callahan, director of Minnesota's Wildlife Science Center.

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Episode 13


Mon, Sep 13, 2004 0 mins

A pair of orphaned orangutans are raised at the Balikpapan Orangutan Survival Foundation in Borneo by Lone Droscher-Nielsen, who teaches them survival skills.

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Episode 14


Mon, Sep 20, 2004 60 mins

A white rhino calf, Tunza, and a black rhino calf, Tandi, which were both orphaned, are raised at the Wild Care Africa Trust near Pretoria, South Africa.

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Episode 15


Mon, Sep 27, 2004 60 mins

Following the journey of a Siberian-lynx kitten named Kisa as she grows into adulthood at the San Diego Zoo.

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Episode 16

Polar Bear

Mon, Nov 8, 2004 60 mins

A polar bear, orphaned after hunters killed its mother, is adopted by a team of Toronto Zoo curators.

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Episode 17


Mon, Dec 20, 2004 60 mins

Zookeepers help a Humboldt penguin hatchling named Bonita at the Oregon Zoo.

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Episode 18


Sat, May 21, 2005 60 mins

An orphaned giraffe named Kulula is adopted by the keepers of a wildlife sanctuary in northern California. Host: Tasha de Vasconcelos.

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Episode 19


Sat, Aug 13, 2005 60 mins

Stranded baby ringed seals get a second chance at life at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward.

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Episode 20


Sat, Dec 3, 2005 60 mins

An orphaned baby walrus finds a new home thousands of miles away at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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Episode 21


Sat, Dec 3, 2005 60 mins

Hyenas are raised at a small game park near Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Episode 22


Sat, Apr 29, 2006 60 mins

The story of a camel born in a family-owned zoo in Massachusetts. She is too weak to nurse, so she is raised by her keepers, who want to return her to her mother as soon as possible.

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Episode 23


Sun, May 14, 2006 60 mins

The story of Mush, a baby moose, as she grows up at the Wild Zoo at Saint Félicien in Quebec.

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Episode 24

Black Leopard

Sun, May 14, 2006 60 mins

Host Edie Falco narrates this story of a black leopard named Eddie, born in captivity at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center and raised by its owners from a fragile, playful cub to a full-grown predator.

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Episode 25

Sitka Deer

Sun, May 14, 2006 60 mins

An orphaned 2-day-old Sitka deer fawn is brought to an Alaskan wildlife preserve, where her human caretakers name her Jewelie.

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Episode 26


Sun, Jun 11, 2006 60 mins

Profiling Nona, a baby gorilla orphaned at one month, and Rachel Hogan, who is nurturing Nona back to health while attending to other wild apes at Mefou National Park in Cameroon.

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Episode 27


Sun, Dec 9, 2007 60 mins

Chronicling the first eight months of a panda cub named Jing Jiong, born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Center in southwest China, under the watchful eye of veterinarian Luo Li.

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