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  • WILD CASE FILES

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In Dumbarton, Scotland, a journalist uncovers a sixty-year history of dogs jumping to their death from a fifteen meter bridge. Could something be luring the dogs to the other side? In Kerala, India, villagers hear a loud sonic boom one morning and wake to see blood red rain falling from the sky. Is it just desert dust or could it be evidence of extra-terrestrial life? Lions living in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are exhibiting disturbing behaviour: violent seizures and battles to the death with other lions. As the death toll climbs, will investigators identify the cause before the great beasts are pushed to the brink?

Wildlife biologists, conservationists, veterinary pathologists and forensic animal behaviourists investigate some of the weirdest wildlife mysteries ever encountered. Using cutting-edge technology, forensic analysis and eye-witness testimony, the teams examine the evidence, review the facts and deconstruct the mysteries to crack some of nature’s toughest cases. These top-notch investigators know what great detective work takes: dogged determination, insatiable curiosity and an obsession with the details. They also know the importance of gathering credible evidence and examining it for every possible clue, re-creating a sequence of events, finding a motive and considering every factor – like the weather or the time of day.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Wild Case Files: Montauk Monster
    Long Island, N.Y.: A strange, alien-like creature washes up on the shores of a public beach. The creature has a bird-like beak, a bald, bloated body and appears to have an identification tag tied to its front limb. Almost as quickly as the animal appears, it’s gone – the only evidence of its existence: photos taken by beachgoers. Could it be an escapee from a top secret government lab nearby? Loftahammar, Sweden: A woman is found dead in the nearby woods, her mutilated body covered in bruises and lacerations. Police arrest her husband on suspicion of murder, but can find no evidence against him. Investigators analyze animal hairs found at the crime scene and the hunt to find the killer lurking deep in the forest begins. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: Visitors to the park see something especially disturbing: a lion having a fatal seizure. In decades of study, nothing like this has ever been seen. In a seemingly unrelated mystery, an unprecedented number of lions are turning up dead at the park – apparently killed by other lions. Wildlife veterinarians and ecologists race to analyze the evidence that will unravel this bizarre mystery.
  • Wild Case Files: Texas Monster Web
    Cornwall, England: A huge pod of almost 100 dolphins suddenly appears in the shallow waters of a Cornish creek. As the tide recedes, twenty-six of the dolphins die. Autopsies reveal that the dolphins were all relatively healthy and there are no signs of external injuries. It’s a unique event and one of the worst incidents of its kind in UK history. With no obvious cause for such a tragic event, a massive investigation begins to determine what drove them to their death. Texas, USA: A park ranger discovers a giant web that looks like it has engulfed the forest. It’s about as big as a football pitch and reaches 12 meters into the tree tops, covering the trees like plastic wrap. Investigators set to work studying this vast “City of Silk” to discover what creature built it – and why. Lake Nakuru, Kenya: Half a million flamingos – about a third of the world’s population – disappear from one of Africa’s most famous soda lakes almost overnight. Investigators pursue every possible lead to find the flamingos and figure out what drove them away.
  • Wild Case Files: Exploding Toads
    Sydney, Australia: Thirteen fairy penguins from an endangered colony are found dead in and around the Sydney suburb of Manly. When the news breaks that they were killed by dogs or foxes, tensions rise between local conservationists and dog owners who believe their pets should be able to freely roam the beaches where the penguins live. Poison traps are laid. Snipers take up positions on the beach. Will the guilty party be found? Hamburg, Germany: During the spring mating season, the toads at one Hamburg park are swelling up and exploding, their entrails and body parts scattered around the otherwise serene park. What could be causing this disgusting phenomenon? Newquay, Cornwall: An aquarium curator has spent years carefully cultivating a unique display of endangered corals. Then, to his horror, the precious coral in the aquarium begins to disappear. The curator has taken every possible precaution to protect this coral and keep predators out of the tank. To find the culprit, he must take the drastic step of disassembling the entire tank to the detriment of the coral. Will he find the aquarium’s coral thief?
  • Wild Case Files: Blood Red Rain
    Dumbarton, Scotland: A local newspaper journalist uncovers a sixty-year history of dogs leaping to their death from the Overtoun Bridge, a fifteen-meter gothic arch bridge that straddles a tributary of the river Clyde below. The investigation reveals there have been at least five dog deaths in last six months and even “second timers” – dogs which have survived a first plunge off the bridge and have perished on the second. Could something be luring them to their deaths from the other side? Florida, U.S.A.: Several manatees are found dead in the coastal waters off of Southwest Florida. Autopsies show that they have not suffered from cold stress or external injuries, and the timing of their deaths does not coincide with the infamous red tide or algal blooms that plague aquatic life. Florida Fish and Wildlife re-examine every piece of evidence to save the remaining manatees before the mysterious killer strikes again. Kerala, India: Villagers hear a sonic boom and wake to see blood red rain falling from the sky. The strange liquid stains clothes pink, causes trees to shed their leaves, and inexplicably pours down for days. Scientists put the red rain under the microscope and discover that it is not desert dust as presumed, but composed of organic matter – that is, living cells. Could Kerala’s red rain be evidence of extraterrestrial life?
  • Wild Case Files: Alien Squid Invasion
    Monterey Bay, California: A voracious monster of the deep has invaded the Californian coast eating anything in its path. The culprit: the fierce Humboldt squid – weighing as much as fifty kilos and reaching lengths of two meters. But where have these creatures come from and will they stay? A top team of marine biologists join forces to try and solve the mystery before these “red devils” from the deep destroy California’s fishing industry. Pinnaroo, Australia: Hundreds of thousands of mice invade a family wheat farm and piggery. Like a scene from a horror movie, the rodents are everywhere, making life in the farm house impossible. Scientists investigate what triggers the infestations, why they happen and what can be done to stop the ravenous rodents from returning. Kenya: More than one million wildebeest are on their spectacular annual migration. But as they start to cross the croc- laden waters of the Mara River, one of their deadliest obstacles, the wildebeest drown on a scale never witnessed before. In less than a week, ten thousand dead wildebeest carcases are rotting in the waters of the Mara River. Experts launch an investigation to determine what caused this unusual mass death.
  • Wild Case Files: Bird-Eating Catfish
    Zaragoza, Spain: A mysterious river monster ambushes pigeons while they feed at the water’s edge. The creature is about two meters long and strikes only in the evening. A journalist returns to the scene of the crime to consider the evidence in search of this mysterious predator. Mississippi, U.S.A.: In the weeks following the worst oil spill in U.S. history, some of the world’s most endangered sea turtles – the Kemps Ridley – begin washing up dead on Mississippi beaches. Autopsies show that that the turtles have not been affected by the oil or the dispersant used to mitigate the spill. So what killed them? Australia: In the Australian outback, kangaroos are seen bouncing into trees, fences and rivers, even crashing into shop windows. When veterinarians examine the marsupials, it’s clear they have been blinded. But by what?
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    Beach Monster?

    Investigators unravel the mystery of a strange alien-like creature that washes up on the shores...

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