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Life Story: Growing Up

Updated Sunday, 26th October 2014

On reaching adulthood animals strike out on their own to find their place in the world.

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Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) have few natural enemies, so cubs can spend their hours play-fighting while their mother is away. Location: India. Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC/Tom Hugh-Jones Bengal tiger cubs spend time play-fighting

About the episode

On the journey towards adulthood, a moment comes for all animals when they must strike out on their own.

For an Arctic fox, the end of childhood is abrupt; his own mother chases him from the den and onto the Arctic ice. At this crucial stage in life every small success is a triumph.

In the high-octane world of a booted racket-tail hummingbird, even to survive the day 
is victory. For Bengal tigers growing independence brings with it extreme danger. They need the help of their parents to grow up in a very dangerous society.

Time is already running out for two hungry cheetah sisters, recently independent from their mother – scraps are not enough. This episode follows them as they embark on their first big game hunt.

This episode was first broadcast on Thursday 30th October 2014 on BBC One.




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