With the summer heat in full effect, cool off inside and take advantage of Animal Planet’s new summer programming with two awe-worthy new specials and three nail-biting new series this July. First, Animal Planet scours the web and counts down the most adorable caught-on-film clips with AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG. Then, as if trapped in the middle of your own ghost story, find out what happens when supernatural spirits afflict victims through paranormal pets in THE HAUNTED. And from something so tragic and austere comes an amazing story of life and rebirth with the BBC special NATURAL WORLD: IRON CURTAIN, RIBBON OF LIFE. Later, follow three families and their struggle in one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs imaginable – ranching – in THE LAST AMERICAN COWBOY. Finally, grab your snake catchin’ boots and tag along with the Clark family as they respond to hazardous – and bizarre – 9-1-1 reptile emergency calls with SNAKESKIN.
AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG (1X60)
Sunday, July 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
From talking canines and dogs that doze to head-titling wonders, Animal Planet counts down the cutest clips in the web-o-sphere to crown the one and only AMERICA’S CUTEST DOG.
NATURAL WORLD: IRON CURTAIN, RIBBON OF LIFE (1X60)
Thursday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
From the devastating trials of war comes a beautiful tale of survival. When communism faltered and the Iron Curtain crumbled in 1989, it left behind a refuge – a haven for wildlife and nature to flourish in. The Iron Curtain that divided communist Eastern Europe from the capitalist West had created a no man’s land surrounded by barbed wire and minefields. Protecting everything from bears and wolverines in Finland to rare eagles in Bulgaria, this ribbon of life stretched 13,000 kilometres across Europe. And now, a place previously devoted to machine guns, death and division is bringing countries together with the help of biologist Dr. Kai Frobel and the new designated land “The Green Belt.”
THE HAUNTED (10X60)
Tuesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
When spirits afflict pets, the animals aren’t the only victims. Often more sensitive to apparitions than people, animals are sometimes subject to intense paranormal activity. This chilling series delves into the frightening true stories of pet owners and their startling, real-life experiences with animal hauntings.
THE LAST AMERICAN COWBOY (8X60)
Friday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
From birthing calves in the late winter, to taking the steers to market in the fall, this epic adventure follows three families of tough, tenacious and headstrong cowboys as they fight to preserve their livelihood. Through freak storms, deadly outbreaks of disease, attacks by hungry predators and forest fires, each ranch needs to rely on family bonds and personal strength to keep the tradition of the American West alive.
Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Ever come face-to-face with a snake in your kitchen? Been bitten by a venomous creature? Lose track of your 4-metre python? The Clark family has seen it all. If you live in Georgia, U.S., and call 9-1-1, chances are good you’ll be directed to their home. With calls ranging from the bizarre to the extremely dangerous, every day on the job is highly unpredictable as they wait to respond to their next snake emergency.