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Born to Be Wild 3D | 2011 | G | - 0.2.0

Documentary with narration by Morgan Freeman: we follow the lives of two women, Birute Galdikas and Daphne Sheldrick, who have devoted their lives to establishing and maintaining a safe haven for baby elephants and orangutans, which have been orphaned by poachers. Directed by David Lickley. [0:40]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A baby elephant charges at a man, the man steps behind a wooden wall and the elephant slams into the wall and falls to the ground as a narrator explains that the elephant had seen humans killing his mother, so it views humans as the enemy (we later see the elephant unharmed). An orangutan is almost hit by a falling tree as it swings on a vine, and it swings out of the way just in time to avoid the tree falling on it. An orangutan accidentally knocks over a woman, and she loses her balance and falls to the ground, laughing.
 We see a photograph of a baby elephant standing next to a deceased elephant lying on the ground (no blood visible) while a voiceover explains that a poacher had killed the mother elephant.
 A woman explains that a baby elephant had come to their rescue center after his mother was killed by poachers and he stood by her side until a pack of hyenas attacked him at night, biting off his tail (we see the elephant recovered).
 We hear a narrator explain that a baby elephant had been found by a group of male elephants, and that it must be rescued since the male elephants cannot feed it and that a poacher had killed its mother and it will soon die if it does not receive nutrition. We hear the voice of a woman explaining that most of the baby elephants that come to her live, but "some do not." A narrator explains that men must be careful driving jeeps next to elephants to scare them off, since the animals could easily tip the jeep. We hear a narrator explain that a woman takes in orphaned baby elephants left to fend for themselves after their mothers have been killed by poachers and they become helpless. A narrator explains that a woman takes in orphaned orangutans whose mothers have been killed by poachers or their environment destroyed by deforestation. A woman explains that baby elephants are kept in a pen at night so they are safe from being attacked by lions.
 A baby orangutan drools milk out of its mouth. A baby orangutan is heard burping. A baby orangutan squeezes a half-eaten banana out of its mouth.


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LANGUAGE 0 - None.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Baby wildlife, animal rescue and reintegration, poaching, African wildlife, rain forest wildlife, durian fruit, freedom, conservation of the earth and creatures, Kenya, Borneo, surrogate mothers for animals, hyrax animal, Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, self sacrifice.

MESSAGE - Poaching animals has very serious implications, and helping reintegrate wild animals is an important step to preserving wilderness and endangered species.

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