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Robert Downey Jr. Behind New Discovery Series 'The Bond'

By: Discovery

The series will explore the special relationship between humans and some animals.

Calling all animal lovers! The new four-part wildlife series THE BOND takes an intimate look at the unique bond between animals and humans, spotlighting these relationships in its purest forms. Spanning the globe, this show will tell the remarkable, moving, and surprising stories of men, women, and children bonding deeply with animals that we might think of as wild. These animals were never meant to be domesticated, but because of extreme circumstances, they were forced into close contact with human beings – and both animal and human had to adapt in sharing our increasingly fragile planet.

The series is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford of Team Downey.

“The Bond reminds us that beauty, connection and hope can be born out of the most adverse and challenging circumstance in our world. As animal lovers, we are thrilled to partner with Glen Zipper and Discovery to capture these incredible stories,” said Susan Downey.

“Our connections with our beloved pets are strong and familiar, but humanity’s bond with animals goes far beyond just dogs and cats, sometimes manifesting in truly extraordinary ways,” said Glen Zipper. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Team Downey and Discovery to explore these special relationships, and the often inspiring and surprising stories of how we intersect with our many other cohabitants in nature.”

In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers can watch each episode by downloading the Discovery GO app. Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TheBond and follow Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

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