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Wednesday, December 12

Director Sam Trull of The Sloth Institute with stethoscope and female sloth “Monster,” Costa Rica
Credit: Courtesy of Sam Trull 2014
Baby three-toed sloth handing on tree branch
Credit: Courtesy of Max Hug Williams
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Growing up in the wild is always rough – and young animals rely on their parents to protect and nurture them through the dangerous early phase of life. But how do they survive when they’ve lost their mothers? This heartwarming and emotional series follows the work of animal rescue centers around the world and introduces the extraordinary people who have devoted their lives to helping all sorts of wild orphans get back on their feet. It follows the different stages of caring for these little heroes, from rescuing and tending to young babies in the early stages of life, to teaching them how to look after themselves, and finally looking to the future when, hopefully, they will one day be released back into the wild.

Watch Nature: Nature's Miracle Orphans tonight at 8pm on WGBH 2.