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Animal Planet February 2013 Highlights

By April MacIntyre Dec 28, 2012, 2:18 GMT

Animal Planet February 2013 Highlights

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES follows Tia Maria Torres, renowned pit bull trainer and founder of Villalobos Rescue Center, as she unites pit bulls and parolees in a mission to rescue both from their troubled pasts.

Animal Planet has an exceptional series coming your way in 2013 -Rhino Wars (wt) -where four American special forces join the good fight to save endangered rhinos in protected lands that are poached with brazen impunity.

These guys go deep in the bush to prowl the perimeters, catching the poor locals who are gunned up and ready to kill, tempted by great sums of money from misinformed Asians who use rhino horn as a medicine.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the horn is shaved or ground into a powder and dissolved in boiling water  and used to treat fever, rheumatism, gout, and other disorders. It is not prescribed as an aphrodisiac, despite popular belief.

In Yemen, the horn is coveted by Muslim men (despite the fact imports of it were banned in 1982). The material, whose luster improves as it ages, is used for the handles of curved daggers called “jambiya,” which Yemeni boys are gifted with at age 12. Jambiya are considered a sign of manhood and devotion to the Muslim religion.  Yemeni men place great value on the dagger handles, which are commonly studded with jewels.

Our American heroes help South African special forces to guard and preserve the few that are left. The footage they take of orphaned and slaughtered rhinos will lay you low. One person to watch for in "Rhino Wars" is a woman named Petra who rescues these orphaned rhinos and introduces our cast special ops to these affectionate "babies" who bond quickly with humans.

Animal Planet fired over the goods for February 2013- check it out:

FEBRUARY 2013 AT-A-GLANCE HIGHLIGHTS

The program schedule is subject to change; please contact us with questions.

The marking “(wt)” designates a working title and may be subject to change.

All programs are rated TV-G unless otherwise noted.

All times are (ET/PT)

NEW SERIES

PUPPY BOWL IX*

World Premiere Sunday, February 3, at 3 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

PUPPY BOWL is back for its ninth consecutive year with an all-star, all-adorable cast that's itching to play in a winning combination of terrier tackles, canine touchdowns, puppy penalties and fido first downs. Featuring fan favorites including the water bowl cam, kiss cam and an aerial view of the field provided by a blimp and its hamster pilots, this year's big game marks the return of @MeepTheBird, who will tweet all the latest updates and puppy drama from inside the stadium on game day. Furry puppy players in need of a cool down will bask in the crystal clear waters of a special puppy hot tub, and, in a game-day first, a loveable lineup of hedgehogs will occupy the sidelines of the grand gridiron and cheer with delight for its favorite pups.

RETURNING SERIES

TOO CUTE!*

Series Returns Saturday, February 9, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

TV-G

Three adorable litters, three fascinating breeds and one amazing story of animals coming of age... This season, the cuteness expands from kittens and puppies to include some more unusual pets: piglets, hedgehogs and dwarf rabbits. The first few months of an animal's life are delightful in a brand-new world, where cute and cuddly knows no bounds and where fluffy reigns supreme. From a kitten's first tentative steps to a puppy's first call to the wild, witness the miracle of our furry friends, which is simply too loveable, too curious and TOO CUTE!

TOO CUTE!: Extra Special Pets

World Premiere Saturday, February 9, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

TV-G

When five little piggies arrive at a farm, they discover that Penny, a Spaniel , is the household pet in the country farmhouse. The piglets must overcome their shy nature if they hope to befriend Penny and learn the ways of the farm. Then, Harley is a feisty young mini-lop rabbit that is learning to hop and growing into its ears. Unfortunately for the more reserved sister, Clover, Harley is ruling the roost.  Can Clover catch up in order to keep up with Harley? Finally, Samson and Delilah are the proud hedgehog parents of three tiny hoglets. Led by plucky sister Pip, the spiky trio begins to develop a taste for the great outdoors.

TOO CUTE!: Tiny Giants

World Premiere Saturday, February 16, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

TV-G

A picturesque farm in the country is home to a litter of nine fluffy keeshond pups. One of the pups, Puck, does its best to befriend a flock of ducks on the farm while its sister, Tulip, investigates the farm’s woodshop. Then, Marvin, a little Great Dane, is having trouble adjusting to its fast-growing body. After much searching and trial and error, Marvin finally finds a place to fit in perfectly. Finally, a new litter of Cocker Spaniel puppies features five similar-looking siblings. But, while the pups may all look the same, their personalities couldn’t be more different.

TOO CUTE!: Kitten Cutties

World Premiere Saturday, February 23, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

TV-G

Godiva Kiss, a birman cat, is a retired beauty queen that is hanging up the pageant crown to raise three fluffy white kittens. Can any of the kittens in the litter become the family’s next pageant royalty? Then, a colorful clan of Cornish Rex kittens is being led by its outgoing brother, Tofu. Tofu is a brave kitten and is attempting to make friends with the litter’s reptilian housemate, Donna the Iguana. Finally, Cutie, a Tortoiseshell cat, is a first-time mother raising twin boys that are nothing alike. Kitten Boots is more outgoing and takes on the task of helping its shy brother, Little Bear, discover its brave side.

FATAL ATTRACTIONS

Series Returns Friday, February 15, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (V)

FATAL ATTRACTIONS tells the intense, heart-wrenching true stories of people who choose to live with deadly "pets" - wild animals that are capable of catastrophic injury and even death. These people say they are taking the ultimate risk for love. They see these animals as family members; they live with them, sleep with them...their lives become completely intertwined with theirs. From pet tigers to crocodiles, FATAL ATTRACTIONS is a cautionary tale that warns that the love of your life might also be your ultimate demise.

FATAL ATTRACTION: Terror at Bear Farm

World Premiere Friday, February 15, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (V)

Bears are among the most dangerous predators on the planet, yet some people are irresistibly attracted to their power and strength. Sam Mazzola is one of those people and keeps bears on his farm in Iowa. Sam charges people to wrestle the bears and enjoys the attention and financial rewards that the animals bring him. Butwhen a young employee is killed while tending to a savage bear, the dark truth about Mazzola’s destructive life is revealed.

FATAL ATTRACTION: Tiger Terror

World Premiere Friday, February 15, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (V)

Ron and Joy Holiday were a showbiz couple who had it all, including fame and fortune. Together, they toured the world with their celebrated big cat act, ‘The Cat Dancers.’ The show was a hit, but in the 1990s, their lives were ripped apart when Jupiter, a white Bengal tiger and star of the show, attacked and killed its much-loved co-performer, Chuck Lizza. The Holidays were inconsolable but pressed on with the show without knowing that the worse was yet to come. Five weeks later, Jupiter struck again.

FATAL ATTRACTION: Secret Snakes

World Premiere Friday, February 22, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (V)

Please visit press.discovery.com for episode descriptions as they become available.


ONGOING SERIES

FINDING BIGFOOT**

Airs Sundays at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

Animal Planet's hit series FINDING BIGFOOT returns with all-new episodes, investigating compelling evidence that may prove the existence of the elusive creature. This season, investigations take the team farther across the globe and deeper into sasquatch history than ever before. For the first time, the intrepid cast of investigators -- Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – expands its search in North America and beyond to investigate the sasquatch phenomenon known as “yowies” in Australia and the “orang-pendek” of Indonesia. By examining photos and videos of the creature, speaking to local witnesses, using new technology and luring the mysterious beast with the team's signature sasquatch calls, the group uncovers startling evidence of the creature that has eluded capture for centuries and fascinated man for just as long.

FINDING BIGFOOT: Badlands Bigfoot – South Dakota

World Premiere Sunday, February 10, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

In South Dakota, the Finding Bigfoot team heads to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to meet a retired police chief who investigated numerous reports of a possible bigfoot running in the nearby town. The area is rich with sasquatch history, and the team meets with compelling witnesses from the Lakota Sioux tribe to determine the best locations to focus their search efforts. After zeroing in on a hotspot, the team is granted special access to private land where they just might find the Lakota's legendary Tall Man.

FINDING BIGFOOT: Indonesia’s Little Bigfoot

World Premiere Sunday, February 17, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

The team from Finding Bigfoot is once again on an international journey to the remote island of Sumatra. Here, the team is in search of Indonesia's elusive orang pendek, a reportedly small, man-like ape. Although the creature is allegedly much smaller than sasquatches, witnesses’ tales paint an  equally similar and eerie picture to the sasquatch in both appearance and behavior. Using its bigfoot-tracking skills, the team takes to the dense, unfamiliar jungles of Sumatra in hopes of gathering evidence that may prove that this mythical creature is real, just like its North American counterpart.

FINDING BIGFOOT: Tennessee

World Premiere Sunday, February 24, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

Please visit press.discovery.com for episode descriptions as they become available.

GATOR BOYS**

Series Airs Sundays at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

It takes serious skill to do what the GATOR BOYS do. Capturing gators of all sizes and shapes  underwater with his bare hands, Paul Bedard is known for his commanding personality and unmatched expertise. And Jimmy Riffle has been gator wrestling since he was 11 years old, giving him the unmatched ability to handle nearly any dangerous reptile with ease. In the new season of GATOR BOYS, Paul and Jimmy are fishes out of water - taking up residence at Gulf Coast Gator Ranch in Moss Point, Mississippi. The guys quickly learn that Mississippi gators won't be showing them any southern hospitality - the reptiles are bigger and meaner, which means the captures are even wilder!

GATOR BOYS: Scared Snakeless

World Premiere Sunday, February 10, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

The Gator Boys are slammed with a series of gator nuisance calls and decide to enlist some help. Paul and Jimmy call on "Big" Mike Easter, who agrees to come to Mississippi from Florida. But, Mike brings more harm than help when he arrives with a truckload of venomous snakes he hopes to use in a snake show. Unfortunately, Curtis, the owner of Gator Ranch, has a phobia of snakes and freaks out. Meanwhile, Paul receives a call about a young boy who has jumped in a pool with a gator. Paul springs into action in hopes of averting danger and saving the boy. Later, Ashley recruits Scott to help her with a new marketing scheme, but when Scott realizes she wants him to dress in an alligator costume, he becomes less than cooperative.

GATOR BOYS: Gator Smackdown

World Premiere Sunday, February 17, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

Paul and Jimmy are in the process of assimilating some of the gators they’ve rescued into the Gator Ranch wrestling pit. Unfortunately for the Gator Boys, the Mississippi gators are ferocious and quickly establish dominance over the alligators Paul brought from Florida. Curtis and Allan are proud to see the tough and mean local alligators and insist that Mississippi alligators are a different species than Florida gators. To end the bragging, Paul calls in a scientific expert to prove to his bosses that all alligators are, in fact, the same. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s girlfriend, Sara, is frustrated that Jimmy's been focusing on everything else except her. Can Jimmy juggle all that is going on and Sara’s feelings?

GATOR BOYS: Episode Title TBD

World Premiere Sunday, February 24, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

Just as Paul is beginning to accept Mississippi as his new home, he receives a call from Florida and rushes back to handle an emergency that is threatening his alligators at Everglades Holiday Park. With Paul gone, Jimmy rallies the Gator Boys to handle multiple nuisance gator catches along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, things don’t go smoothly when Tre and Scott delve deep into the swamps, and Tre is attacked by a monster alligator. Tre’s life hangs in the balance while Scott struggles to get out of the swamp and to the hospital before it is too late.

PIT BOSS

Series Airs Saturdays at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (L)

The PIT BOSS is back for a new season, and viewers can catch up with Shorty Rossi, his pit bulls and his team of little people as excitement continues to unfold in Hollywood at Shorty's Rescue and Shortywood, Inc., a talent management company for little people. The season kicks off with Shorty's return to Los Angeles after a national pit bull awareness/book tour. Shorty is ready to get back down to business, but upon his return, he becomes frustrated by the complete disarray at his rescue organization and talent agency. Can Shorty find a way to turn his life's work around and repair his crew's damaged relationships?

PIT BOSS: Episode 305 – Clash of the Titans

World Premiere Saturday, February 2, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (L)

Shortywood and Shorty's kennels are understaffed, and Sebastian’s decision to leave to visit his family couldn’t come at a worse time. Shorty plans to attempt a dangerous rescue at a sprawling farm, and he is forced to take Ashley along. Later, Ashley books a big gig for Shortywood at a minor league baseball game, but when Ron doesn't show up, Ashley blows up at Shorty for ignoring the business.

PIT BOSS: Episode 306 – The Boiling Point

World Premiere Saturday, February 16, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (L)

Shorty volunteers Ronald and Sebastian's services for a benefit for the L.A. Animal Rescue. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but Ron and Sebastian don’t realize the event is a drag-queen bingo. Meanwhile, Ashley's frustrations with Shorty reach a breaking point when a rescue mission, once again, interferes with Shortywood business. Later, Shorty goes ballistic when no one relieves him at the kennel, and Ashley is faced with a major decision.

PIT BOSS: Episode 306307 – Everybody’s Changing

World Premiere Saturday, February 23, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-14 (L)

Ashley blindsides Shorty with her decision to leave Shortywood, and Shorty knows that filling Ashley's shoes won’t be easy. Shorty begins the interview process, but before long, it all goes wrong. Later, Shorty races to find a dog locked in a storage unit, but time is not on his side. Meanwhile, Ashley books what may be her final job at Shortywood, but the client has a very strange request that puts the gig in jeopardy.

NORTH WOODS LAW**

Series Airs Thursdays at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

NORTH WOODS LAW follows Maine’s elite game warden service as they navigate the Pine Tree State’s rugged terrain and twisted back roads during deer, moose and fowl hunting season – the busiest and most perilous times of the year. Each punch of the time clock is a ticket to extreme danger and drama as undercover stings and intense rescues are all in a day’s work. Whether they’re tracking bears on dangerous mountains or busting drunk drivers on ATVs, these wardens risk life and limb to protect animals and serve the people of Maine.

NORTHWOODS LAW: Boat Loads of Trouble

World Premiere Thursday, February 7, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

It's summer in Maine, and when the weather heats up, the game wardens patrol Maine’s thousands of rivers and lakes on jet skis and speed boats. Vacationers are just looking for fun, and the wardens are out to make sure everyone plays by the rules of the water. Later, tragedy strikes when the wardens receive a call about a boy with autism who has headed into the wilderness alone. Fortunately, the warden’s canine unit is more than equipped to track him down, and they spring into action. Meanwhile, in the southern part of the state, Warden  Rick LaFlamme is hot on the trail of an illegal deer baiter. The culprit has been on the lamb since last hunting season, and the warden believes he’s close to outsmarting his nemesis. Later, Warden PeteHerring and Sgt. Tim Spahr investigate and uncover traps that illegal marijuana growers have been using to kill deer that get too close to their product. The Wardens race to find the illegal drugs and the traps before a hiker or hunter gets caught in them and seriously injured.

NORTHWOODS LAW: Harvest Time

World Premiere Thursday, February 21, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

As the end of summer approaches, the Maine Warden Service is faced with its biggest challenge of the year, splitting its time and manpower patrolling both the water and the woods. Making matters worse, the wardens are also on high alert for criminals misusing the wilderness for illegal drug activity. Sgt. Tim Spahr is assisting on an inter-agency drug bust and manages to rescue a four-legged friend in the process. Meanwhile, Sgt. Scott Thrasher helps take down another illegal drug operation before joining Warden Brock Clukey on a “fishy” mission. Later, Warden Clukey leads a night-time search and rescue for an injured hiker while Warden Alan Curtis responds to a serious collision involving a moose. Then, Wardens Thrasher, Clukey and Kris MacCabe join forces for an epic night stakeout that aims to stop bear poachers.

NORTHWOODS LAW: The Rookies

World Premiere Thursday, February 28, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

Being a Maine Game Warden is no easy task, and two rookie Wardens are thrown into the fire on their very first days on the force. Warden Troy Thibodeau faces a life-and-death decision when he encounters an ailing moose tangled in a fence. Meanwhile, rookie Warden Sarah Miller and Sgt. Glenn Annis have a busy night patrolling as they come across a family with a surprising collection of weapons in their car and later encounter an odd ATV driver. Then, Corporal Rick Clowery is patrolling Maine’s white water rivers in search of "Pirate Rafters," who are unsafely transporting visitors downriver.

INFESTED!

Series Returns Friday, January 4, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

INFESTED! tells the real-life horror stories of ordinary people plagued by frighteningly extraordinary infestations. The series features the nastiest of nature’s squatters, including the dangerous, deadly, weird and bizarre. If you think your four walls protect you from the ghastly “big bads” of the rodent and insect world, think again! It’s not “easy come and easy go” for these frustrated people; getting rid of these gruesome invaders can be more nightmarish than learning they’ve been crawling throughout your home in the first place!  


INFESTED: Creeping Terror

World Premiere Friday, February 1, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

For one Texas family, the soaring heat and its damaged air conditioner may be the least of its worries. While investigating the cause of the faulty AC, the family discovers that the cause may be more deadly than anything it ever imagined. Then, in Michigan, a mother and daughter do battle with a family of rats that is invading their home and their neighbors that are attracting them with their unsanitary habits. Then, in Florida, a deadly new invader is killing animals outside a couple’s home and is threatening to make its way inside.

INFESTED: No Escape

World Premiere Friday, February 8, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

In Florida, two groups of friends move in together thinking that life will be a dream; however, their lives quickly become a nightmare when giant spiders take over their home. Then, in California, an expectant mother watches her beautiful home turn into a prison when rabid bats move into the neighborhood. Can she help rid her street of the unwanted guests before her baby arrives? Later, a young man and woman are ecstatic about their first home until they discover they are sharing it with an enormous colony of bees. Can their home and relationship survive the infestation?

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES

Airs Saturdays at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES follows Tia Maria Torres, renowned pit bull trainer and founder of Villalobos Rescue Center, as she unites pit bulls and parolees in a mission to rescue both from their troubled pasts. This season, Torres faces her greatest challenge yet: rebuilding Villalobos after moving the entire operation to New Orleans. With her family, trusted parolees and a crew of new Louisiana parolees by her side, Torres meets unexpected challenges as she pulls out all the stops to run the rescue center in an entirely new environment. But no matter what struggles the team faces, the dedication to providing rescued pit bulls with safe and loving homes remains relentless.

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: Episode TBD

World Premiere Saturday, February 2, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG


PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: Episode TBD

World Premiere Saturday, February 9, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG


PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: Episode TBD

World Premiere Saturday, February 16, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG


PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: Episode TBD

World Premiere Saturday, February 16, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG


PIT BULLS & PAROLEES: Episode TBD

World Premiere Saturday, February 23, at 9 PM (ET/PT)

SPECIALS


WILD APPALACHIA**

World Premiere Tuesday, February 19th, at 10 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

On America’s east coast, the Great Smoky Mountains of southern Appalachia are an ancient seasonal forest adorning an even older mountain range. In WILD APPALACHIA, travel to these popular forests, and witness a year in this stunning intersection of human culture and wild life. Follow the forests’ population of black bears as they travel the trails, and venture deep into the heart of the mountains. Then, meet the rangers whose jobs are to keep the wildlife safe throughout the year and the bears in order. 

GLORY HOUNDS**

World Premiere Thursday, February 21, at 8 PM (ET/PT)

TV-PG

On the battlefields, a remarkable group serves the United States with limitless courage and unparalleled loyalty. Devoted to protecting their comrades, military working dogs serve beside their human partners in Afghanistan. They only ask for affection in return. The show explores the friendships between man and dog that are magnified and transformed into deep, emotional bonds that can last the rest of their lives. From tracking insurgents to sniffing out explosive devices, military working dogs are an integral component of the armed forces. GLORY HOUNDS drops audiences into the heat of battle and reveals extraordinary stories of heroism and friendship that have shaped the lives of the men and women who serve our country.

 



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