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The nature series "Life Story," a collaboration between BBC and The Open University, shows how animals try to overcome the challenges they face throughout their lives to eventually continue their bloodlines by having offspring. The show, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, aims to give viewers an idea of what it is like for animals who face difficult choices in nature. Episodes document the journey of animals surviving the hazards of being young through learning how to survive as an adult, climbing the social ladder, getting a mate and becoming a parent.

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David Attenborough examines how animals raise their offspring.
aired 22 days ago
Competition to win a partner creates both the most extraordinary beauty and life-threatening violence anywhere in nature.
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How animals try to gain a position of power in their worlds, where the most powerful have the best access to food and water and are the most attractive to the opposite sex.
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In order to survive, animals need a place to live that provides the necessities of life, shelter from the elements, and a refuge from enemies.
aired 24 days ago
The growing animals are developing new skills and learning how to survive alone.
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Flightless barnacle geese chicks face their greatest challenge at the very start of their lives.
aired 29 days ago
How animals try to gain a position of power in their worlds, where the most powerful have the best access to food and water and are the most attractive to the opposite sex.
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Competition to win a partner creates both the most extraordinary beauty and life-threatening violence anywhere in nature.
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The growing animals are developing new skills and learning how to survive alone.

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