For a while now, cable viewers have had their image of how Houston treats its animals shaped byAnimal Planet's Animal Cops
, which shows us basically torturing very cute puppies, just for kicks.
Happily, the image may be about to change, when the National Geographic WILD channel airs Zoo Confidential, a three-part behind-the-scenes look at the Houston Zoo.
We assume no animals get abandoned in it.
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The series begins Tuesday night with an episode called "Special Delivery," when they get ready for Baylor the elephant to be born and give an alligator a bath.
Other episodes will introduce Baylor to the world, an ocelot has kidney stones, and an orangutan "gets a little help from the vets with family planning."
That last one we hope doesn't feature a how-to segment on orangutan condoms.
Here's where you can see the show, depending on your cable system: U-Verse, channel 266; Comcast 250, Dish 190, Direct TV 283 and TV Max 189 (HD service on channel 135).