Not For the Faint of Heart: MONSTER WEEK Returns to Animal Planet with a Ferocious Eight-Night Lineup, May 17-24

— April 27, 2015

– Premiere titles include KILLER HORNETS FROM HELL, MONSTER ISLAND, I WAS BITTEN: THE WALKER COUNTY INCIDENT, and THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE –

TORONTO (April 27, 2015) – You’ve been warned! Animal Planet’s MONSTER WEEK returns with all-new stories about the monumental, obscure, and terrifying creatures that may be lurking just below the surface, or worse…right outside the front door! For seven nights beginning Sunday, May 17 through Sunday, May 24, MONSTER WEEK explores some of nature’s most remarkably fearsome – and often deadly – creatures.   The week begins in the darkest of depths alongside some of the most fascinating but dangerous water dwellers with SWIMMING WITH MONSTERS (May 17). The predatory programming continues with insidious premiere titles KILLER HORNETS FROM HELL (May 20) and MONSTER ISLAND (May 21). Then lethal creatures prowl in the woods in the all-new I WAS BITTEN: THE WALKER COUNTY INCIDENT (May 22), while adrenaline-junkie filmmakers capture a four-metre "Croczilla" in the premiere of MONSTER CROC: SEARCH FOR A KILLER (May 23). MONSTER WEEK wraps its monstrous lineup with THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE, a new, scripted two-hour feature based on actual science that ponders the existence of real, one-metre tall, human-like creatures nicknamed “Hobbits” (May 24).   **Media Note** Photography for MONSTER WEEK available online at BellMediaPR.ca.   Animal Planet reminds viewers that this terrifying week of programming is not for the faint of heart! Animal Planet’s complete MONSTER WEEK schedule includes:   KILLER HORNETS FROM HELL Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT This real-life monster special follows a relentless group of hunters on a seemingly impossible mission to fight off a swarm of giant hornets quickly migrating around the world. With flesh-melting venom and a piercing stinger, just one of these death machines can kill a full-grown man.   DEVOURED: MAN-EATING SUPER SNAKE  Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT An alien species is out of control in America - the Burmese Python. Breeding more and more, swallowing bigger and bigger prey, they're proving even humans are fair game. Can anything stop these man-eaters before it's too late?   MONSTER ISLAND Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT A team of expert hunters cull the invasive colony of boars infected by the highly contagious and deadly Brucellosis microbe on Mona Island. The island is a true monster and one of the most forbidding and hostile environments known to man. The hunters face scorching temperatures, venomous snakes and spiders, poisonous plants that can kill a person just by brushing up against them, deadly sink holes, and razor sharp coral rocks. Most terrifying is the legend of a beast far more deadly than the killer wild boar.   I WAS BITTEN: THE WALKER COUNTY INCIDENT Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT Something strange is going on in Walker County, Alabama, and the locals all have different ideas as to what could be lurking in the woods. The townsfolk try to uncover unexplained daily phenomena plaguing their small town. Daniel, a man who has been diagnosed as “Patient Zero,” claims to have been attacked in the woods by something unspeakable. When other victims come forward with their own troubling encounters and explanations, he leads an investigation dead-set on getting to the bottom of it all.   MONSTER CROC: SEARCH FOR A KILLER Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT Best friends and adrenaline-junkie filmmakers Jason and Jim take on a high-risk mission to Belize in order to track and capture a four-metre monster known simply as "Croczilla." The giant beast has allegedly claimed five human victims since its escape from a razed sanctuary.   THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT The two-hour scripted feature THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE follows the story of an American scientist who was convicted of killing and cannibalizing two colleagues in the jungles of Flores, Indonesia in 1977. Branded “The American Cannibal” by the press during his trial, Dr. Timothy Darrow defended himself by claiming a mythic human-ape creature was responsible for the murders. The dramatic story is an imaginative leap inspired by real science. In 2004, a study announced the discovery of bones of an entirely new, remarkable species of humans. Fully grown adults stood only three feet tall, yet were able to thrive in the chaotic and dangerous world that surrounded them. The new species was nicknamed “Hobbits” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s diminutive heroes.   These real hobbits are purported to have lived less than 20,000 years ago, which would make them the last other species of human to live alongside ourselves. But did these hobbits really go extinct? Later, 60 MINUTES sent a film crew to investigate. While on site in Flores, the crew unearthed the local legend that the creatures may have never died out at all. Animal Planet’s scripted film THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE follows an expedition team deep into the heart of Flores Island to investigate Darrow’s claims and find out once and for all if these legendary creatures still exist.   SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Animal Planet Canada on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnimalPlanetCa Animal Planet Canada on Facebook: facebook.com/#!/AnimalPlanetCanada   About Animal Planet See our planet from a wilder perspective! Animal Planet is the only animal entertainment brand that captures the drama and compelling characters of the animal kingdom. From the most perilous encounters with nature’s fiercest predators to the pets we bring into our own family, Animal Planet brings out the character behind every creature and shares the story behind every behaviour. Meet these animals – and their human companions and protectors – as they surprise us, scare us, play with us and teach us how similar we really are. Launched in Canada in 2001, Animal Planet programming offers an immersive and compelling journey into the animal world. Animal Planet is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even wilder animal experience. Animal Planet is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Visit Animal Planet online at animalplanet.ca.   - ANIMAL PLANET -     For more information: Elysia Circelli, Animal Planet, 416.384.5166 or elysia.circelli@bellmedia.ca Sarah Goddard, Animal Planet, 416.384.2056 or sarah.goddard@bellmedia.ca  

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