|6224||GROWING UP||GROWING UP||1991||color||48 min||vhs|| (Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behavior series, Part 2)
Gaining size and strength sufficient to survive unaided is the main task of childhood. The main trial of childhood is avoiding danger and remaining alive during this very difficult period, when an animal is almost defenseless. The priorities of child care include caring for and protecting the young and overseeing the processes of learning and play. Growing up in the natural world is a complex and hazardous business. Some babies are abandoned before their childhoods are over while others live out their lives surrounded by their families. Many animal communities synchronize the birth of their young to take advantage of abundant food and shared protection, living together in huge communities or communal burrows.