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Arriba, arriba! It's show time.
Let me introduce you to a crazy carnival of creatures.
From fabulously freaky frogs,
to hollering howler monkeys, to manic mutating plants.
Magnifico! And what's more, they're all connected to each other
in this wonderful world of wildlife
by funny fabulous and fantastic facts.
-Get on with it!
Tres, dos, uno, es la hora de Barney's Latin America!
Barney, what are you doing?
I'm practising my catwalk poses. What do you think? Pow!
Shall I wear my hair like this or like that?
I think you should cover it up.
OK. Red shoes? Blue shoes?
Why don't you just wear both?
You don't normally pay this much attention to your appearance.
-What's got into you?
-Haven't you heard? It's Amazon fashion week.
Yeah, well I don't think you stand a chance against these guys.
Strutting their stuff today will be some of Latin America's
-hottest super models.
-The fabulous macaws with their funky feathers.
Modelling the designer footwear, we'll have the blue-footed boobies.
And effortless chic from our shaggy-coated red face uakari monkey.
So shift over Paris, London and New York...
Latin America is where it's at.
Taking to the catwalk first - or should that be frogwalk -
it's the poison arrow frogs.
-Wow, they're tiny.
-They surely are.
Smaller than your little finger, in fact.
Titchy they may be, but shy they are not.
Our frogs are modelling some of the most
eye-catching colours of any animal on the planet.
Yeah, they definitely like to stand out form the crowd.
That one has an explosive colour pallet of yellows, black and blues.
And this funky fellow has chosen a dark brown background
with florescent green go-faster stripes.
Yeah, darlings, this is my favourite outfit. I live in it!
Cool colours to wear to a party, but don't they ever
feel like wearing something a little more understated?
There's actually a good reason they're so colourful.
Cos they want to look cooler and more glamorous
-than the boring green frogs?
No, actually their colours are a warning
telling other animals to keep well away.
I think I'll have some frog today.
You want a piece of me?
No, I don't think so, you look awful!
Believe it or not, these tiny frogs
are some of deadliest, most poisonous animals in the world.
What? A tiny little frog like that couldn't hurt a fly.
Want a bet?
One frog has enough poison to kill 20,000 mice.
Yeah. The poison's in the skin.
It's best you don't touch me, just to be on the safe side.
And what's more, locals who live in the rainforest,
-tip their hunting arrows with the frog's deadly poison.
What mind-blowing models to start our fashion parade.
Launching our creature catwalk, the deadly fashionable frogs.
Taking to the creature catwalk next, we've got the magnificent macaws.
-Their colours are really bright!
Even brighter than the poison arrow frogs.
That must mean these guys are deadly, dangerously poisonous.
No, macaws aren't poisonous.
They certainly like to get spotted with those colours.
Actually, believe it or not, their colours act as camouflage.
Now you see me, now you don't.
-Now you see me...
You're having a laugh. They look like they've
been splashed with bright paint.
-Anyone can spot them a mile off.
The colours stand out to you and me,
but they actually blend in with the blue sky,
bright sunlight and jungle colours.
So predators find it harder to spot them.
I'm sure I saw a parrot round her somewhere.
There was one over here. Oh, no, over there. Oh, I don't know.
Wow, that's clever!
But the macaws do use their bright colours
to attract attention when they want it.
-Hello, my darling.
-I love your feathers.
-Why, thank you.
-I think they're beautiful.
-Oh, I dyed them myself.
Hang on a minute, what's going on here?
Parrots are having a party! Cool.
Everyone's turned out in their best party feathers, eyeing each other up.
Hello, my name's Neville.
I like your feathers, where d'you get them from?
-Macaws & Spencer's in the sale.
She's hot. Fancy her with the big beak.
Excuse me, Mr Flirty. Oh, look out.
Here come the gatecrashers.
Quick, let's get out of here! Arriba.
Aw, the party's over.
Yeah, but what a great place to pick up a bird!
-He only fancied her cos of her feathers.
-You're probably right.
But they'll stay together for ever now.
That's one heck of a wedding outfit.
WEDDING MARCH PLAYS
So our loved up macaws are linked to our poison arrow frogs
because they both use their colours to signal to other animals.
Next up on our creature catwalk, it's the magnificent boobies.
The boobies. They're a type of bird.
Oh yes, that's right and I'm supposed to be introducing them.
Well, get on with it then.
OK. Boobies live in large groups along the coast of Latin America.
You don't need me to tell you why these guys are on the catwalk.
What? I've got myself a pair of blue feet, Gem.
They're all the rage, you know.
So first it's one red trainer and one blue, now blue feet?
D'you know what? I won't ask.
Boobies wave their blue feet around to attract a mate.
The higher he lifts his feet,
the better chance he's got of finding a lady.
And the bluer your feet,
the healthier and more fit you're supposed to be.
Look, that booby's got limited edition red feet!
Yeah, but it's the blue feet which have really caught on.
-I guess you don't you don't know why they're called boobies?
The word booby come from a Spanish word, bobo, which means stupid.
-Wait a minute, does this bird's name literally mean stupid?
Can't see why.
They do look a bit funny when they're landing, don't they?
Great foot brake action there.
Well, if you've got funky feet, why not flaunt them? That's what I say.
And our foot-waggling boobies are linked to our magnificent macaws
because their coloured feet and feathers
are both signs of good health.
Why don't you lose the booby feet while I introduce the next animal?
Yeah, good idea.
Anyway, I can beat your clumsy blue feet -
feast your eyes on these killer heels!
Aren't they gorgeous?
But you can hardly walk in them.
Big, flat-footed, blue feet are the way forward.
Those heels will never catch on.
Want a bet? Check out our next Amazon supermodel.
She's got the poise, she's got the looks.
She's definitely got the legs.
What is she? Is she a fox in high-heels?
Exactly. Her nickname is red fox on stilts
because she looks like a very tall fox,
but she's actually a maned wolf
and I think she's the perfect model on our creature catwalk.
What's the need for a wolf to have such long legs?
Well, she spends most of her time living in grasslands
so her long legs mean she can prance effortlessly through the grass
and her height also means she can easily spot little animals
living in the long grass, to eat.
I'm a rock, I'm a rock...
That girl's got style.
Not only does she move elegantly, she dresses elegantly too.
Check out her black stockings.
The white-tipped tail and her pointy ears.
She's also got her own brand of perfume.
-A wolf that wears perfume?
-Yep, she has a smelly body odour
which has earned her the nickname skunk-wolf.
I think she heard you, Gem.
Hey, skunk-wolf, is your perfume called Eau de Poo?
If you like that, I'll let you in on another fact.
Guess how these wolves communicate.
-Er, ear wax?
With their wee. They spray their wee around
to show other wolves the location of a certain hunting path,
or to mark the place where they've left prey.
So she's got two brands of perfume - Eau de Poo and Eau de Wee.
I wonder if it'll catch on.
And some people think she has magical powers.
If you find a maned wolf tooth and keep it,
it's said to stop you from needing to go to the dentist.
But her most outstanding features are her red fur and long legs.
Well, she's definitely our tallest model yet,
but how are we going to link her back to our blue-footed boobies?
Good question. Our elegant maned wolf is linked to our blue-footed boobies
as they've both got fancy feet.
The maned wolf had black stockings
while our boobies just have, well, blue feet.
So, cue our next creature on the catwalk.
Yo, monkey boy, I said cue!
Whatever it is, it's too busy staring at its own reflection.
Ah, there we go.
Whoa, what happened to that monkey's face?
It looks as though he got carried away with the old blusher.
Got a problem with that, love?
Coming round 'ere, casting your aspersions...
He's called a uakari monkey, but his nickname is the English monkey
cos he looks a little bit like a bald Englishman
who's been out in the sun too long!
It really does look like a human's head on an animal's body!
He should try using some factor 50.
-He's not really sunburnt.
Is he just embarrassed to be on telly then?
No, his red face is naturally like that -
the healthier he is, the redder his face
and the more girls he gets.
Look at these big boys all stuffing their faces.
They're trying to find the best fruits and berries to eat
to keep them healthy.
That way they'll get the reddest faces
and attract the prettiest girls... if there is such a thing!
-I'm redder than you!
-No, I'm the reddest.
-Pink, not red.
-Pink's a girls colour.
-You are a girl. Anyway, I'm coming down.
The monkeys find all the food they need in the trees,
so they don't need to swim in the flooded forest below.
Yeah, cos they don't want their makeup to run!
Don't you lot start! I'm outta here!
So our red-faced uakari monkey has developed long lanky limbs
for swinging through the trees,
while our maned wolf has long lanky limbs
for prancing through tall grass.
Am I sensing a colour theme here?
We've got blue-footed boobies, red-faced monkeys...
I suppose next you'll be telling me
we have animals that are red all over.
Well, yes we do. See if you can spot it.
OK, there's something red there.
Nah, that's not it.
Er, give over.
Ooh, look a vulture with a red head.
That's got to be it. That's it, yeah. Definitely.
-Ah, there we go.
Yep, the scarlet ibis.
Scarlet by name and scarlet by nature,
except for one tiny bit of its feathers, which aren't red.
See if you can spot them.
Er, its head. That's not very red.
Nope. Its head feathers might be slightly lighter
but they've still got a reddish tinge.
Er, its eyes?
No, eyes don't count. Keep watching
and shout when you see a bit of the bird that isn't red.
Now, our scarlet ibis was spotted by our model scouts
wading through the swamps of Latin America.
She's not THAT good looking.
Look, her head's covered in mud.
Yeah, but she shows real potential.
Her long slender legs,
downward-curving beak and perfect catwalk strut
appealed to our model-spotters immediately.
With her fiery-red feathers
she's bound to be gracing the covers of wildlife magazines
all over the world in no time.
And her eye-catching red feathers
have made her the hottest thing since Kate Moth!
Get the London look.
Oh, hang on, rewind that bit please,
I think I've spotted which bit of her feathers aren't red.
The tips of her wings.
Exactly. The scarlet ibis is red all over
except for black tips on her wings.
Apart from these though, she is a complete redhead.
Yeah, but is she a natural redhead?
What? Can't believe it. It's out of a bottle, isn't it?
Well, she's not exactly a fake
but the chicks actually start off grey.
Ooh, that is an ugly duckling.
Yeah, but as they grow up they turn red because of the food they eat.
Hold on, the food they eat makes their feathers change colour?
Yeah. She uses her long bill to fish out pink shrimps and red crabs.
The red-coloured crabs and shrimps turn her feathers bright red.
Wow! Imagine if we all turned the same colour as the food we ate.
Yeah, your mum would always know if you'd taken a biscuit
from the tin without asking!
No wonder these babies are desperate for food -
they can't wait to eat millions of red crabs and shrimps
till their feathers turn red.
-Get that down your beak.
-Wait, that's mine!
Well, even I can guess, Gem,
what the link back to the uakari monkey will be for this one.
They are both redheads.
Just like the uakari monkey,
our scarlet ibis is a huge fan of the colour red.
So, that's the end of our red collection.
And a perfect place for a recap of our creature catwalk.
Hopping on to our creature catwalk first today,
we had the deadly fashionable poison arrow frog.
But the macaws were undeterred by the toxic frogs
and they fluttered fearlessly onto the catwalk.
They're linked to the frogs
cos they both use their colours to signal to each other.
And our third model, the blue-footed boobies.
Just like the macaws,
their colour is a sign of good health and helps to attract a mate.
Our elegant maned wolf strutted her stuff
in a pair of black silky stockings.
She's linked to the blue-footed boobies
cos they've both got fancy feet.
Swinging onto the catwalk next was the red-faced uakari monkey.
Just like the maned wolf,
the uakari also has long, agile limbs.
And linked to the uakari monkey was the scarlet ibis.
She's also a massive fan of the colour red and gets her red feathers
cos of all the red crabs and shrimp she eats.
Not all animals can be as beautiful as our scarlet ibis.
Yes, we've had all sorts of letters in from animals who are desperate
for some help in the looks department.
So we decided to choose one animal
that could really do with an extreme makeover!
The letter that caught our eye came from this caterpillar.
He says he's tired of looking like a hairy little worm
and other animals avoid him because of the perfume he wears.
He releases a stinky ooze.
Well, no wonder he's got no friends.
So he'd like a complete change of image
and as it's Amazon fashion week,
we just couldn't say no to this poor little blighter.
Our Amazon style guru set to work a couple of weeks ago
to give him an extreme makeover.
First they chose a safe leaf.
Then they wrapped him up in a tight cocoon
with loads of silk thread. It's called a chrysalis.
Here, not too tight!
They left him there for about two weeks
and during that time he got bigger and bigger.
Now, live on air, we're about to reveal the results
of our caterpillar's...
BOTH: Extreme makeover!
I like that bit.
But before we do, let's see a little reminder
of how our caterpillar looked before its transformation.
He really wasn't a happy caterpillar.
He didn't like his clashing colour scheme
and was constantly having a bad hair day.
He just wanted to curl up and go to sleep.
Bur after two weeks in the chrysalis,
it's time for the results!
Ooh, er...where's the door?
I can't find the door.
Ooh, it's dark in here.
Oh, hey, what's that?
Hey, that's better!
Oh, and wowee! Just look at the difference!
He's completely changed shape from a hairy, colour-clashing caterpillar
into a beautiful blue morpho butterfly!
Yeah, it's one of the biggest butterflies in the world in fact.
So, what do you think to your new look?
I love it!
I think his family aren't going to recognise him
after that transformation.
Well, he's still kept the brown caterpillar colour
on the underside of his wings.
And what are those spots?
Well they're designed to look like fake eyes.
They're to camouflage the butterfly and confuse predators.
Leave it out, I don't eat butterflies!
And he's got this bold blue colour on the outside of his wings.
He can really carry it off, he looks so elegant.
Look how well he flies! The blue on the wings shimmers
and changes with direction of the light.
That's called iridescence.
Oh, what a big word!
What's this iridescence?
Well, the butterflies wings are covered in lots of layers
of teeny-weeny little scales.
As the butterfly flies,
the scale reflects the light and makes the wing look shiny.
From gawky teenage caterpillar to drop-dead gorgeous butterfly.
it just goes to show that wearing the right colours
can make all the difference.
I love happy endings...
Ah, OK. Moving on...
And so our blue morpho butterfly is linked to the scarlet ibis
as they both change colour when they grow up.
Ah, nice one!
Eh-up, how did this one make it on to our creature catwalk?
Looks like an old man with a squished face!
Sorry, did someone say something?
It's not all about good looks, Barney.
It's as much about individuality.
Well, our sloth's definitely got that.
Our sloth is modelling one of this season's must have shaggy fur coats.
It's understated, effortless chic in a fetching brown colour.
Brown? I'd say it's got more of a tinge of green.
Ah, yeah, that'll be algae growing on its fur.
Yeah! Our sloth likes to lead a quiet life
and it actually can't really be bothered to groom itself.
Well, would you?
So algae starts to grow on its fur, turning it slightly green.
-Weird, yes, but clever too
because the green algae helps camouflage the sloth.
Ah, now you're talking.
Looks like it's got an itchy fur coat.
That'll be the moths living in it.
I'm sick of you guys coming round here, man! No pictures...
Urgh, moths! What's wrong with this guy?
Well, the moths feed off the algae.
Can't believe you cannot leave a guy in peace. I'm outta here!
I just can't believe this, Gem.
You're telling me he's covered in algae and he's got moths as well?
Yep. I guess it's his equivalent to nits and dandruff.
Speak for yourself, young lady.
Wow, what a charmer.
Because our sloths spend so long hanging upside down,
its fur grows the opposite way to the fur on other animals.
So, when it rains, the water will trickle off its coat.
So, it's a back-to-front fur coat with moths and algae.
Really takes fashion to another level(!)
And all it also links us nicely back to the blue morpho butterfly.
Both the sloth and the butterfly have clever camouflage.
Right then, time to ramp it up a bit
with a trip to the Funky Monkey hair salon.
these guys love nothing more than a spot of pampering.
Look at them! They have pretty interesting haircuts.
Yeah, they're golden lion tamarins.
Not hard to see why with that ring of hair round their faces
like a lions mane.
Yeah, and I'm just as brave as a lion too.
-Oh, lost me nut.
And when they're not foraging for nuts and berries to eat,
these guys like to sit back, relax and groom each other.
Ooh, when was the last time you had a wash?
So why do they groom each other?
I prefer to brush my own hair, thanks very much!
It's a good way of making friends
and spending quality time with family.
Oh, and getting rid of nits.
Short back and sides?
Crew cut, I think.
Nits? Not another one!?
Crikey, Nigel, they're everywhere.
First the sloth with its moths and now these guys.
I thought you said this was the Funky Monkey hair salon.
There's nothing funky about nits, they just make you itch like crazy.
Lots of monkeys have nits,
and because they can't wash or comb their hair,
a trip to Funky Monkeys for a nit-picking session
is the best way to keep their hair clean and tidy.
Ooh, just there. That's it.
This is the life.
Look at that one! He's got a huge curly moustache.
Yeah, he's cool. He's the emperor tamarin.
He's gone for the classic handlebar moustache.
And all these monkeys have nits?
Which nicely links the tamarins back to the sloth
as they have creatures living in their fur too!
OK, next up.
Where are you? Ah, there you are.
Does my bum look big in this?
Gem, we've got a right diva here.
Modelling our winter collection, we have the chinchilla.
Try to stay in frame, will you, please?
Our chinchilla is a type of rodent
who lives high in the Andes mountains.
Temperatures in the Andes can drop well below freezing at night,
so our chinchilla can get a little chin-chilly!
Sorry. But that is why it's modelling a fur coat.
The chinchilla's got some of the softest, thickest fur of any animal.
-What, thicker than your hair?
On a human head there are thousands of different holes called follicles.
One hair grows out of each follicle,
but on a chinchilla, 60 hairs grow out of each follicle.
Good for cold nights,
but what about during the day when the sun comes out?
The chinchilla can't just take its coat off can it?
You're right. When humans get hot they cool down
by sweating water out through their skin.
But, chinchillas don't sweat
because it would take too long for their fur to dry out again.
If they can't sweat that means they might overheat
and that means they'll get heatstroke and die.
All because they can't take their ridiculously thick coat off.
All right, Barney, calm down.
the chinchilla has a solution.
They root their blood to their large ears and lose heat that way.
So if you ever see a chinchilla with red ears, you know he's hot
and he's sent his blood to his ears to cool himself down.
Cool! I mean hot... Well, you know what I mean.
I bet it takes a lot of work to keep such a thick fur coat clean, though.
Yep, but our chinchilla doesn't take a bath with water like we would
because its coat would take too long to dry out.
Instead he takes a bath in dust.
bathing in dust? Well that's going to make him even more dirty.
Nope. The dust gets into the fur and soaks up the oil and dirt.
Ah, that's clever.
And, what's more, the chinchilla can release its fur
so it can escape from predators like owls or foxes,
leaving them with nothing more than a mouthful of hair.
So the chinchilla is linked to our tamarin monkey
as they both have interesting ways of keeping clean.
OK, our final model marching onto our creature catwalk
is the three-banded armadillo.
It looks like it's wearing a suit of armour.
Yeah, it's the military look,
created by a hard keratin shell,
made from the same stuff as your fingernails.
The design even continues onto her tail.
Stop looking at my bottom!
She must be well protected from predators with all that armour!
Well she needs it cos she can't see very well.
Oooh! Is anybody there?
Where are you?
She has to rely on her nose to smell danger.
Danger? What, what?
That's a funny walk, looks like she's walking on tip-toe.
Is she trying to sneak up on someone?
No! She has to walk like that cos of her long claws.
It's all part of her look,
and they do come in handy for digging too.
Well, she's certainly not shy. See her fluttering her eyelashes there!
She's coming up for a close-up again.
This gal loves the camera!
Ah, great view of her belly,
but slightly hairy, which isn't so attractive.
A girl with a hairy belly, eh? Oh, I don't know...
Does our armadillo like to carry a sword and shield?
She might as well accessorise her suit of armour.
No, because she's actually got another special way
of protecting herself.
Ah! she rolls herself up into a ball like a hedgehog.
Yeah, it protects her soft, designer underbelly
as well as her eyes and ears.
Look, you can just see her tiny nose poking out!
Ooh-ooh! This silly outfit,
Oh, that's much better!
What a great way to protect itself.
It's no wonder our armadillo is linked back to our chinchilla
because they both have unique defence mechanisms.
That's the end of our creature catwalk
and just time for a final parade of all out models.
First up was our toxic poison arrow frogs.
With their luminous colours,
they stand well ahead of the game in the fashion stakes.
Our beautiful macaws are linked to the frogs
as they both use their bright colours for signalling.
My favourites, the blue-footed boobies are linked to the macaws
cos their bright colours are a sign of good health
and a sure way to find a mate.
Fancy feet connects our long-legged maned wolf
to the blue-footed boobies.
And long limbs were also the way forward
for our red-faced uakari monkey.
I do hope it'll be a while before his look catches on.
Linked to the uakari by the colour red, the scarlet ibis
went for a complete head to toe red outfit.
Just like the ibis, the blue morpho caterpillar changed colour
as he grew up into a stunning butterfly.
He did look happier after his extreme makeover.
And the sloth is linked to the blue morpho butterfly
as it uses colour as camouflage because of the, um... Well, algae.
Like the sloth, the tamarin monkey also had a fur coat
full of little creatures - nits.
He spends hours in the monkey grooming parlour
trying to get rid of them all.
The chinchilla is linked to the tamarin monkey
as he also has a unique way of keeping clean -
bathing in dust!
Finally, our three-banded armadillo was wearing
a military-inspired design and links with the chinchilla
as they both have an excellent defence mechanism.
And the armadillo also links all the way back to the poison arrow frogs
who had another top defence mechanism - poison.
A great show of regular-sized models there,
I'm pleased to say not a stick insect or a skinny model in sight.
And that's it from Amazon fashion week.
We've been invited to a very fabulous after show party
-with the macaws, haven't we, Gem?
Hurry up, the party's starting!
Can't decide what I should wear.
Should I wear my tamarin monkey moustache or my sloth outfit?
Well, the parrots tend to hold their parties on rock faces
so you're probably better off with something like this.
Oh, Gem, that is so last season.
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