Watch the full-length episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365462046/?Utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=naat_covefullprogram (US Only) Premieres Wednesday, April 15 at 8/7c on PBS. Check local listings.
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the correct stream or tree, the correct building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household is a designer and engineer. Animated blueprints and tiny cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, tortoises and woodrats, examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures and documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides remarkable insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.
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