When you want to sit down with your family and watch some fascinating animal shows, you don’t have to settle for the networks’ programming schedules. With your family members’ busy schedules, you may only have an hour before dinner to sit with your kids and have some quality time together. It’s important to be able to watch great shows online when you want them. With high-speed streaming video on www.dsl.com and other providers, and a list of great animal programming, you can enjoy your favorite animal shows whenever you like.
The Dog Whisperer
In this classic pet training series, Cesar Milan uses his unique talents to train formerly untrainable dogs, saving families untold stress from barking, digging, biting, and general misbehavior. The show ran for nine seasons, and Hulu offers all 121 episodes on demand.
National Geographic, as part of its ongoing animal studies, has attached small cameras to a wide variety of animals. The video footage from these cameras teaches scientists about animal migration, feeding habits, pack behavior, and any number of other natural inside secrets. The network has posted a dozen different critter cam videos, from a tree kangaroo to a baby bear cub, for on-demand streaming.
If you and your family enjoy the surprising behavior of animals without scripting or editing, Ustream may be the ideal spot for you. Ustream has gathered dozens of fixed animal cams from around the world and offers them for real-time streaming. Take a peek at a hummingbird’s nest, inside an anthill, at a kitten rescue center, or up in a bald eagle’s nest. They’re live cams, so there is no guarantee of what you’ll see, but it’s the closest thing you’ll find to actually being out and observing these animals in person.
When it comes to quality family entertainment and real-life animal videos, you can’t find many better than PBS’ “Nature.” This program has been showing the lives of Earth’s creatures for more than 30 years, from the Born Free story of Elsa the lioness, to zebra migration. The PBS website offers dozens of full episodes of “Nature” for on-demand viewing. Learn all about pigs, follow the fate of animals who are the last of their kind, or relax and enjoy watching the bond between cats, dogs and humans.
The Animal Planet network may have come up with the most fascinating and beautiful set of live animal cams around. Watch the graceful movements of a live sea turtle at the National Aquarium. See brown bears fishing for salmon at Katmai National Park. Creep yourself out with the cockroach cam, set inside a cage built to look like a 1950s kitchen, for extra ick factor. Watch the antics of the penguins at the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas. Every one of these shows is a live camera set-up, from the baby cows, to the colorful clown fish. You may get a lot of action, or you may find an animal taking a nap. Whatever you find, it will be a great science lesson for your kids, as well as being fun entertainment.