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Why the breakout stars of ‘Serengeti’ have such animal magnetism

The unexpected stars of the summer TV season are the animals whose dramatic and moving stories of survival have made Discovery’s “Serengeti” documentary series, narrated by actress Lupita Nyong’o, one of the year’s must-see highlights. There’s Shani, the gorgeous zebra who protected her foal from being devoured by crocodiles as one herd after another crossed a treacherous river only to see it swept away by the fast-moving current. There’s Bakari the baboon. Isolated in a power play by the leader of his tribe, he came through in the clutch when a baby baboon was trapped in a treetop and delivered it to safety while a fire raged across the plains. Ostrich charging the cameraMathew GoodmanThe struggle of rejected lioness K ...