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TORONTO (September 25, 2014) – Just when there’s a chill in the air, MONSTER WEEK, Animal Planet’s colossal Halloween programming event, returns to get viewers in the spirit and leave them haunted for weeks to come. The monster mash begins with the investigation of an elusive creature in FINDING BIGFOOT (October 27), then ventures underwater with fascinating but deadly animals in SWIMMING WITH MONSTERS (October 28). MONSTER WEEK continues on land with big cats and their sensational thirst for human blood in MAN-EATING ZOMBIE CATS (October 29), before two extraordinary alligator trappers go face-to-face with ferocious alligators in GATOR BOYS (October 30). On Halloween night viewers are sure to have a fright, as a fearless team is on the hunt for legendary creatures disrupting a swampland in BEASTS OF THE BAYOU (October 31); then, too cute to spook, MY TINY TERROR, observes how yappy, ill-tempered purse-pups are tamed by a dog specialist (November 1). The final MONSTER WEEK treat concludes with the network premiere of the investigation in the mysterious deaths of nine students in RUSSIAN YETI: THE KILLER LIVES (November 2).
Highlights from Animal Planet’s MONSTER WEEK include:
Monday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Legends of bigfoot-type primates persist in cultures all over the world. The program follows four researchers and explorers investigating potential evidence of Bigfoot allegedly living in the wilderness.
SWIMMING WITH MONSTERS
Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
Wildlife expert and adventurer Steve Backshall has spent his entire life getting up close to incredible animals. Now, he wants to study four of the most “monstrous” animals on the planet, by entering their underwater world and getting closer to them than ever before. Backshall joins forces with behavioural experts, scientists, and extreme divers in order to dive with these captivating, yet deadly creatures.
MAN-EATING ZOMBIE CATS
Wednesday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
An incurable zombie-like pathogen is spreading fast, turning big cats around the world into fearless man killers. These predators have a sensational thirst for blood and the human population is now their biggest target.
Thursday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
GATOR BOYS follows the death-defying exploits of Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, two extraordinary alligator trappers who risk injury and death to hand-capture nuisance alligators that have invaded the back yards, swimming pools, garages, and bedrooms of Florida Everglades residents.
BEASTS OF THE BAYOU
Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
BEASTS OF THE BAYOU follows Captain Blimp Cheramie, his first mate Eric, and his nephew Nathan through the marshes of Venice, Louisiana. They are on the hunt for legendary creatures that haunts the thousands of square kilometres of swampland around their homes. All the while scientists are seeking alternative explanations for the sightings and stories that have plagued this region for hundreds of years.
MY TINY TERROR
Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT
Small dogs can be adorable and cuddly. But they can also be yappy, furniture-wrecking, growling, pint-sized terrors. In MY TINY TERROR the yappiest of purse-pups are tamed by tiny dog specialist, Jacqueline Wilson. She's a no-nonsense, doggy specialist with more than 40 years of training little dogs under her collar. She helps frustrated families gain back control of their pups – and their lives – by breaking the bad habits of all involved.
RUSSIAN YETI: THE KILLER LIVES
Sunday, November 2 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
On February 2, 1959, a group of nine college students hiked up the icy slopes of the Ural Mountains in the heart of Russia, but never made it out alive. Investigators have never been able to give a definitive answer behind who – or what – caused the bizarre crime scene. Fifty-five years later, American explorer Mike Libecki reinvestigates the mystery – known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident – but what he uncovers is truly horrifying.
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