That's to the magic of On Demand, I caught up with the first season, which turned out not to take all that long since there were only six episodes. And all of them were "absolutely wonderful." As was the first episode of the new, second season. I have called the individual, short videos I've been posting "Adorable Animal Videos." The series far-transcends that.
Each episode looks at an individual who has dedicated his or her life to protecting animals, sometimes by themselves or more generally through some small organization they've founded. Each episode focuses on some specific, often very dramatic event they're in the middle of trying to accomplish at that particular time.
The shows have thus far told the stories of --
A veterinarian who trained himself to make prosthetics for animals, and is in the midst of creating a device for an elephant which he's never attempted before.
A woman who has developed a sanctuary for seals off the coast of Ireland.
A married couple who started Animal Defense International to rescue circus animals, and are in the midst of tense negotiations to reunite a mother lion with her cubs that were separated from her -- and who also rescue a spider monkey that has lived its life on a chain since it was a baby, and discovers freedom for the first time..
A woman who has developed a sanctuary in Thailand for elephants and is anxiously trying to negotiate for the release of an elephant which has been chained for a decade..
A veterinarian who rescues koala bears, with the help of her young "koala whisperer" daughter.
A former solider who rescues dogs in Afghanistan and reunites them with the soldiers who had found and saved them.
A woman who sold all of her possessions when she was 21 so she could go protect chimpanzees off the coast of Africa, and is now an expert in the field, working to start a sanctuary, while trying to find a companion for a chimpanzee named Ponso who had been used for medical experiments, then abandoned and has been living alone on a small island for several decades..
The show airs on Animal Planet on Saturday nights at 9 PM East/West Coast times. You can also watch the episodes online here on Animal Planet's website. It's extremely well done, and highly recommended if you like this sort of thing.
This brief trailer only gives the very slightest hint of how terrific, and often very emotional, each episode can be. (One caveat: at the end, it says that Season Two is starting June 9, but clearly they changed that because the first episode has already aired.)
Know too that the sound may be off on the video, and if so you'll have to click the sound icon in the lower right of the frame to turn it on.