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Dr. Birute

Robot Orangutan, Spy for Nature

Dr. Birute
In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, the BBC/PBS/THIRTEEN Productions LLC series ‘Spy in the Wild’ deployed over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic Spy Creatures to go undercover in the animal world. Using special “spy cameras” invented by the team at John Downer Productions, the viewer is plunged into the very heart of the extraordinary lives of over thirty fascinating animals across the world, revealing behavior that is remarkably like our own.
These robotic look-alikes make all the right moves to not only be accepted by animals but also interact with them, providing revelatory insights into their world. In Borneo, series producer Matthew Gordon deployed one the most life-like Spy Creatures yet, to meet real orangutans and discovers how they use human tools. Spy Orangutan (aka Dr Birute the Spy Orangutan) films how they wash with soap and how this behavior is now part of their wild culture. And in one of the most extraordinary scenes ever filmed, a wild orang uses a saw and competes with Spy Orangutan!

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