'Natural Born Hustlers: Nature's Best Con Artists'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: A visit with the planets greatest animal hustlers. Meet the shape shifters, mimics, masters of disguise and illusion, cheats and sneaks in the animal world. This series reveals the modus operandi of remarkable animals going to elaborate lengths to claw their way to the top.
DVD Verdict: The highly entertaining 'Natural Born Hustlers: Nature's Best Con Artists' means we take a visit alongside the planet's greatest animal hustlers. Along the way we get to meet what the narrators call the shape shifters, mimics, masters of disguise and illusion, cheats and even sneaks in the animal world. From double-crossing cuttlefish to shady squirrels, bearded lady lions, and criminal monkeys, this series reveals the modus operandi of remarkable animals going to elaborate lengths to claw their way to the top.
The three (3) separate programs included on this 180 minute DVD are:
Staying Alive - Every day of their lives, animals must outwit predators, and they do it using a remarkable array of illusions and devious tricks. Would they lie, cheat or steal from one another to survive? Of course they would!
The Hunger Hustle - Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap for their prey. It's the result of millions of years of artful adaptation - all in the name of luring in the next meal.
Sex, Lies & Dirty Tricks - From artful illusions to blatant cheats, some males will do whatever it takes to trick the competition and beguile the girl. Size, style, and skill are all used to best advantage - or faked, if necessary. A fascinating look at the Human version of "dirty tricks" played out in the animal kingdom, 'Natural Born Hustlers: Nature's Best Con Artists' is one of the best of its ilk out there today. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.