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Great Bear Stakeout

Discovery, May 12, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

NATURE

The small population of grizzly bears followed in this beautiful documentary, shot in the Alaskan wilderness, is as vividly individualized as the animals in a Pixar cartoon. Except that they’re enormous, powerful creatures driven by appetite: The adults, ravenously hungry after waking from hibernation, have a tendency to kill each other’s cubs. Van, as he’s named by the filmmakers, is the king brute—he weighs more than a 1,000 lbs.—and owns every geological patch he lumbers across. Meanwhile Parsnip, the mother of two cubs, makes a parenting decision that’s disastrous and irreversible. Good luck, Parsnip!

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