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Pets Hidden Life is a 4-part documentary, narrated by Hugh Bonneville, that shows some of the pets and other animals that exhibit some of the most remarkable human traits. In the first episode, Bonneville tells the story of a number of different animals who exhibit emotional and intellectual intelligence in ways that humans are only beginning to understand. Another episode examines how our pets communicate, how they use their enhanced senses and how they use their athletic abilities.

Opening Shot: A cliff face scene in Switzerland. A man climbs to the top of a cliff with his border collie.

The main thing is: The man who climbs the cliff with his dog is a BASE jumper; she discovers that her pup wants to jump with her, so the pair are shown jumping off the cliff. The dog is relaxed and trusting throughout the whole process. In another segment, a cockatoo makes dance moves that match the rhythm of the song it hears. In a university laboratory, mice were taught to drive a small car through positive reinforcement. A dog in England shows empathy for his person when he breaks his ankle; the dog limped while walking with him, but not when he was with his wife.

Also, rabbits who had a stimulating home environment learned to use paint brushes and other skills, and in a different study, parrots who were taught to trade washing machines for gifts were shown giving washing machines to close friends when they couldn’t use them. the washing machine itself.

Hidden Pet Life
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

What Events Will Remind You?: Hidden Pet Life don’t be confused with animated film series The Secret Life of Pets. It’s more of a pet-centered documentary like Super Pets.

We take: One of the things that distinguishes Hidden Pet Life What’s great about other shows of this kind is that they don’t just show cute animals, and they don’t just show pets and animals doing interesting things. This series shows how the furry, furry and scaly creatures we make such an important part of our lives have a lot to offer other than just comfort.

Of course, any pet owner can tell you they already know. But what the producers of the series are trying to show is that now there are different ways to show it, both scientifically and anecdotally. Anecdotal examples, such as a dancing cockatoo or a dog communicating with its people via the word button, may not contain scientific evidence, but they do show that as humans expand the way they interact with their pets, their pets respond in surprising ways.

There may be some surprising or moving moments in the series — dogs with limp sympathy reach for our cold little hearts, for example — but both adults and children alike will be fascinated to see these animals do some truly extraordinary things, and ask questions. -ask what the pets they care for might be capable of doing.

For What Age Group Is This?: This is definitely an all ages series; our seven year old couldn’t get enough of it.

Last word: The scene from the next episode, which is about animal intelligence.

Sleeping Star: All pets and animals, of course. Especially rabbits; we want our very own little floppy-eared painter to hang around our house. We’re just not sure if he’ll get along with our cat.

Most Pilot-y Lines: “Fortunately, the rat driving the car hasn’t hit our highway yet.” It was a sentence that probably sounded better in a voice that sounded less serious than Bonneville.

Our call: STREAM. We love our pets and we always want to know their abilities. Hidden Pet Life is a fun series that can inspire you to find out what else your animal friend can do.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but she’s not lying to herself: she’s a TV addict. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon,, VanityFair.comFast Company and elsewhere.

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