Picks and Pans Review: The Stars of Discovery's Life Doing What Comes Naturally

updated 04/19/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/19/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The producers and cameramen of Discovery's hit miniseries captured creatures of all sizes in their most divalike and endearing moments. Some highlights:

AFRICAN ELEPHANT

When a calf gets stuck in the mud-a main cause of death for them-an elder shows the young mom what to do. "It's called allomothering," says producer Martha Holmes.

SARCASTIC FRINGEHEAD

The fish, which fearlessly battled an octopus, "is incredibly territorial and grumpy," says producer Simon Blakeney. "They're tenacious and won't let themselves get beaten."

CAPUCHIN MONKEY

High-speed cameras were used to capture young capuchins learning to crack open nuts with rocks. "It's so like watching human toddlers pick up bricks or trying to feed themselves," Holmes says.

VOGELKOP BOWERBIRD

Chicks do dig bling! "A male gives the bower (dwelling) a good spruce-up," says producer Stephen Lyle. "All the latest flowers and insect wings are on display."

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