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BBC documentary series to feature Ely bears

The series "Planet Earth Live" debuts in 140 countries Sunday. Celebrity black bears Lily, Jewel and their cubs will be among the wildlife to get some worldwide attention. The Duluth News Tribune reports Sunday's episode will air in the U.S. Monday night on the National Geographic Wild channel with the title "24/7 Wild."
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The series "Planet Earth Live" debuts in 140 countries Sunday. Celebrity black bears Lily, Jewel and their cubs will be among the wildlife to get some worldwide attention. The Duluth News Tribune reports Sunday's episode will air in the U.S. Monday night on the National Geographic Wild channel with the title "24/7 Wild."

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