December 09, 1996 12:00 PM

NBC National Geographic Special (Mom, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET)


Who comes up with the titles for these specials? This one, with sonorous narration by actor F. Murray Abraham, is set in the mountains of Chile, where wildlife cinematographer Hugh Miles is tracking the elusive and solitary puma, the Greta Garbo of the animal world. After several months he wins the trust of a puma he calls Penny and films her for two years as she hunts and raises her cubs. Miles learns to identify Penny’s every mood through her body language and claims to know if she’s weary, wary or worried. A little implausible? Maybe. If he’s a mind reader, he’s sure wasting his time on pumas.

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