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As you may have noticed, we’ve been talking to celebs on the red carpet about their #happyplace. And as we’ve mentioned, it’s because we’re so looking forward to Planet Earth II, premiering on BBC America on February 18. Which is our happy place!

And you know who else is an animal lover? Doctor Who star David Tennant. He’s worked on a number of animal-centric projects, including Pets: Wild at Heart and two films geared toward cats and dogs to help calm them during stressful moments — Peer Window and Woofering Heights, respectively.

Now, he’s signed on to narrate the BBC/PBS co-produced five-part series Spy in the Wild. The show places lifelike wild animal robots into the natural habitats of their living, breathing counterparts. For instance, an “animatronic spy” pup makes friends with a pack of wild dogs in episode one, in an attempt to explore the hounds’ maternal instincts. The series reveals animals’ capacity for emotions, like love, grief, deception, cooperation and invention, according to the show.

Other spy robo-critters we can look forward to seeing in action include a hippo, an orangutan and a baby crocodile. Aww.

We saw something similar to this with Penguins: Spy in the Huddle. Here, cameras hidden in electronic penguins and disguised as rocks allowed viewers to get up close and personal with real penguins, which may not have been possible otherwise.

If the concept still sounds a bit confusing, this trailer for the series may help fill in the blanks:

Would these guys fool you?:

https://twitter.com/BBCOne/status/819258870178676736

In addition to the interactions with the robots placed in the wild, we also get a look at inter-species relations via BBC One. In the below clip, we hear Tennant narrating the action as an older chimpanzee befriends a tiny genet (cat) kitten. The kitty has been abandoned by his elders and is now lost.

The chimp plays with him, and then his primate friends come to see what’s going on:

Spy in the Wild airs on BBC One in the U.K. on Thursdays at 8pm. It will premiere in the U.S. on PBS on February 1, but the U.S. version will not include David Tennant’s narration.

Did this just melt your heart? 

 

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By Brigid Brown