The Majestic Tiger
When we think ofÂ TV nature programming a few names may pop into your mind. Personally I think of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. How long did it take you to notice that poor Jim did all the animal wrestling while Marlin Perkins hide safely behind a bush and narrated the scene. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom use to air Sunday nights before the Wonderful World of Disney.
The Wonderful World of Disney started when Walt needed money to build Walt Disney World in Orlando and ABC stepped up to the plate. Part of the deal was a TV show and thus The Wonderful World of Disney was created. Needing programming for the show Walt Disney, always a fan of nature, contracted with some of the more prominent nature filmmakers at the time to air their films on his new program. Who would have thought The Wonderful World of Disney would help popularize programs like Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, NATURE and maybe even today’s Animal Planet.
This Sunday NATURE tells the story of one special tiger, Broken Tail. The tiger is my absolute favorite creature in the animal kingdom. They have a majestic presence about them and in my opinion, are the most beautiful of the cat family.
Broken Tail was protected growing up in Ranthambore, one of India’s best protected tiger reserves. Then one day, for reason’s unknown to his caretakers, Broken Tail went on the run leaving the protection of the reserve. You can probably imagine what happened to this special animal. So why did he leave his home, how did he end up so far away, and what were his last days like? These are the questions NATURE hopes to answer.
The sad part to me is that tigers continue to be in danger. According to the World Wildlife Foundation there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. We name our sports teams after them, we admire them in the Zoo and Winnie the Pooh makes one his friend. Lets try to keep it that way and let those who room the jungle do so safely.
Sunday, 8pm, February 20 on WOSU TV.
Monday, 8pm, February 21 on WOSU PLUS.
Thursday, 4am, February 24 on WOSU TV.