Maternal instinct is one of nature's strongest, it ensures that mothers bond with, care for and protect their babies. Without it, the world's breeding programmes for threatened species would face a very different future. In this captivating series, we discover how these breeding programmes are helping nature to ensure that endangered species are kept alive
S01:E04 - Diverting the Course of Nature
On Baby Planet, the best care in the world won't stop nature taking its course - whatever the outcome. However even the darkest cloud can have a silver lining.In this programme keepers struggle to save sixteen hunting dog puppies after their mother dies; sadly only six make it, but they have a bright future as part of a new pack. We go home with a rejected Barbary lion cub where she finds a new canine companion, and see how a baby White-cheeked gibbon keeps staff guessing about its gender. In South Africa abandoned Wattled crane eggs are put in an incubator - very few hatch out, but the efforts to save this threatened species must go on.