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Nature: Survivors of the Firestorm [Blu-ray]

Narrated by Chris Morgan , Dione Gilmour  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Narrated by Chris Morgan
  • Directors: Dione Gilmour
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RV70M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fire is a natural force of nature that spurs regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. Kangaroos and koalas, wombats and wallabies, endangered possums and gliders, lizards, echidnas, birds of all kinds, and even fish that lived among these eucalypts were overcome by the flames. Millions died. But burned and traumatized survivors tenderly nursed back to health at wildlife hospitals showed a remarkable ability to bounce back, and the damaged environment demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for healing itself. Narrated by Chris Morgan.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the things THEY GAINED after the fire June 8, 2011
This documentary supports the idea that from death comes life. A fire wreaks havoc in a biodiverse area of Australia, but as a year passes, there are more signs of hope.
If you think that koalas and wombats and kangeroos are soooo cute and exotic, then this work is for you. They refer to an endangered opossum (sp?) several times, but it looked more like a squirrel to me. Australian opossums sure are less ugly than their North American equivalents!
Trees that seem dead produce new leaves. Animals get to eat grubs found in burnt wood. Birds can live in the area that couldn't in the past. This was not just an animal tragedy; the fire killed approximately 160 people. This showed Australians really stepping up to the plate to help wild animals. I didn't know fish could be endangered, unlike numerous mammals and birds, but they show an endangered fish that one man works on saving.
This work does show a lizard that lost its forelegs and a burnt echidna. However, I saw an American Humane Society doc that suggested that the non-profit group must put to sleep about half of the animals it receives. This work didn't suggest the same tragic numbers of unavoidable deaths.
The logging industry is critiqueed here, but nothing is said of global warming. (I swear I heard Australia has a huge ozone hole above it due to that.) I think the narrator must have been British, because he didn't sound like the Australian interviewees and didn't sound like an American. This was vastly different to the Australian doc on cane toads. That work made it look like that ocuntry could not solve biological disasters and this doc suggested it could.
I think this work would be relevant to many Americans as our country has these same massive fires in its western region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature: Serivors of the Firestorm October 13, 2013
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I love the watching anything about koalas love this dvd i will enjoy watch it for years to come. Koalas are my fav animal of aust
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature at her worst and best August 29, 2013
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This movie chronicles the horrendous fire in the Central Highlands of Australia that burned over a million acres. It tells of animal (and plant) lives lost and saved, and then tells the story of the rebirth of the forest. It ends with HOPE, and that's something every survivor of a fire needs. I highly recommend it.
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