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My name's Steve Backshall.
People call me Steve!
I'm on a mission to find the Deadly 60.
60 deadly creatures from around the world.
You're coming with me every step of the way!
We're here, in Brazil, South America,
home of the Samba and the Savanna.
Think Brazil, think colour, rhythm and passion.
And it's not just the people. The wildlife is out of this world!
We've come to the top of Brazil, to the open grasslands.
Joining me on this wildlife stage are my band of explorers.
Our sound man is Rich.
Dudu, our guide.
Making the tea is Charlie. Just kidding, Charlie!
So, time to check out the area
and pick the best spots to find deadly animals for my list.
It's an early start, but it's worth it
cos I'm getting to use my favourite big boy's toy!
Brazil's grassland savannas are unimaginably vast,
about the size of a small country.
If we were to stick to walking or using the trucks
we wouldn't even scratch the surface!
Luckily, though, we don't have to.
We can get a bird's-eye view!
I love it!
The area I'm flying over is open grassland.
It's very wet and humid
and the animal stars here are definitely birds.
Look at that!
Amazing! Look at all those pink ibis
and storks and egrets!
'There are so many species of birds here
'there's bound to be a few deadly ones.
'I'll be back on the trail of some of them later.'
Wow, that was stunning!
'As well as the grassland, there are patches of jungle.'
This is almost like a waterfall.
I guess when there's more rain, that'll be really impressive.
'It's what South America is famous for.
'But it'll be best explored on foot when I'm back on the ground.'
That is amazing! What a place!
I think helicopters are the best method of transport in the world.
In fact, would you fancy buying me one for Christmas, Mark?
-About that big!
-A little one!
A toy one!
OK, that's all right. Better than nothing!
I love it!
'I've checked out the lie of the land.
'Now it's down to business.
'We're on the track of the next deadly animal for my list.'
What I'm looking out for is just one wild animal
that we're desperate to find here,
that I stand a chance to see from the air - it's big enough.
I'm keeping my eyes peeled.
'It's so big, it's known as a giant.
'It wasn't too long before we spotted one.'
Look at that! We need to fly as slow and low as we can, Dudu.
'The giant in question is a giant anteater.'
Oh, my goodness!
'This is an animal only found in South America
'and one I've been dying to see
'because they're incredible and unusual predators.'
I can't believe how close we are!
Look at that! This is ridiculous!
He is right next to us!
I think we should leave him alone cos we're maybe stressing him out.
Our best way of getting close to a giant anteater is on foot.
That was incredible!
'So now we know the area they're living in,
'we're gonna track them on foot
'and on the way I'll show you their favourite food
'and exactly what makes them so deadly.'
These bright orange boulders
that you can see littered around all over these fields
are not actually made of real rock.
In fact, they're created by insects. These are termite mounds.
Inside here are hundreds of thousands of tiny insects.
They make them themselves out of chewed up soil or sand
and termite spit.
'It doesn't sound much like a good building material,
'but these guys construct a mound as hard as concrete.
'And this is the problem for an anteater.'
I'll try and show you quite how hard these can be.
If I take this bush knife...
..you can see it's a bit dusty and it's coming away in chunks...
..but not easily at all.
Also, as you see, although I've taken off a fair bit already,
I still haven't come to any insects.
'Don't worry. The termites can rebuild this damage in minutes.
'But how does the anteater get at the termites deep in the mound?
'And how do they avoid the fearsome soldiers?
'The soldiers will sink their massive jaws into any intruders.
'But the anteater is well prepared.
'Firstly, they can sniff out insects
'with a sense of smell that's 40 times more powerful than ours!
'When they find them, they rip into a mound
'with some of the longest claws on any living mammal.
'They only need to break a small hole
'because they have the most ridiculously long sticky tongue,
'perfect for hoovering up 30,000 small insects a day!
'By feeding at each mound for a short period of time,
'they're long gone before the soldier termites start biting.
'And don't be fooled by their insect diet.
'They can stand as tall as a man
'and have been known to kill jaguar and even people in a death hug.
'We'll have to be very careful approaching them on foot.
'To try and spot one in the long grass, we keep our eyes peeled.
'And it pays off.'
Well spotted! Good job!
'We need to prepare carefully and quietly
'before we lose sight of it.'
We're all just gonna move very quietly -
that means you, Rich, OK?
I think we've got a good chance of getting close to it
if we just move carefully.
'Anteaters have poor eyesight,
'but they will hear and smell us if we're not careful.
'Luckily, the wind's blowing towards us as we approach it.'
The ground round here is recently burnt
which means that it's all quite crunchy.
A bit like walking on Rice Krispies!
Not the ideal ground when you're trying to creep up on an animal.
We're right by a road as well
so even though there's not been much coming past here,
it's still a little bit noisy.
'We've lost sight of the anteater.
'So Dudu and Charlie are gonna try and head him off.'
I think Dudu's just seen it.
We're coming round to stop it going any further.
Hopefully we can get Steve and the rest of the team quite close.
-Yeah, right there.
'Guys, can you hear me, over?
'Dudu and I are level with the anteater now.
'We are level with the anteater. Over.'
I can't see it at the moment, Charlie. Is it still in the trees?
'It is in some trees, in a thicket of three or four. Over.
'He is actually feeding at a tree at the moment. Over.'
Ah, there they are. There they are.
We're going round this way.
'Keep coming around towards us.'
There he is.
No more than about 20 metres away from me.
It's one of the most bizarrely shaped animals in the world.
It's making a beeline right for us! Look at that!
Incredible galumphing gait.
Coming over to the right.
'But our anteater had smelt us coming and was off.
'Someone on the crew must need a shower!
'However, we soon spotted another animal.
'And this one had no idea we were there.'
Just go up to here.
Look how close he is!
This has got to be one of the most remarkable,
one of the most bizarre creatures in the world.
This is absolutely perfect for us
because the wind is coming from him towards us.
He's got his snout right down an ant hole.
Looks like he's feeding.
Looks like he's feeling around the branches of a tree.
I just can't believe how close we're getting.
'Despite all our care, it was only a matter of time
'before the anteater caught a whiff of us.'
Look at that.
He's just stopping to check me out every five metres or so.
Nose in the air. There you go. He's got me.
Once he starts running, it's all over.
I can't believe how close I've got
to one of the most bizarre animals in South America, if not the world.
Huge, hairy hoover of ants and termites
with a sticky tongue
and claws that rip through termite mounds
like they were made of butter.
'In order to carry all our gear, we've got two trucks
'to take it and us across the huge expanse of grassland.
'Driving in Brazil is a bit different to back home.
'After all, you don't tend to get held up by iguanas.
'And we had to rebuild a bridge or two!
'To cross one particularly large river,
'we were told all we had to do was catch the ferry.
'It wasn't quite what we were expecting, though!'
We're pushing both our four-wheel-drives onto that raft
and dragging it with some speedboats.
Yeah. It makes me a little bit nervous, that!
But as it's becoming a sentence we're using more than any other,
"What could possibly go wrong?"
I tell you, I've used some iffy modes of transport in my time,
but this is ridiculous!
'Safely across, we were headed for the jungle.
'There are many types of jungle in Brazil.
'Each has a completely different set of animals to see.'
Look down there!
It's a tortoise!
That's a baby tarantula!
When he's fully grown, he'll be about that big!
'There are thousands of reptiles and invertebrates.
'Most are predators of some sort.
'But with the list filling up,
'I could afford to be a bit picky.'
Oh, that is beautiful!
This is a parrot snake.
And when you see the head moving around, in an inquisitive fashion,
you get an idea of why it's got its name.
But it's not until it feels threatened
that you see where the name comes from.
It gapes its mouth open, almost like a beak
and looks just like a parrot.
Except obviously, like a snake at the same time!
It's a bit weird. Look at this now.
It cocked its head towards me.
There's that gaping display
that makes him look like a parrot!
That is fabulous.
As I move my hand in closer...
..he spreads his mouth even wider.
If I tried to catch this snake, I'd get bitten.
Look at that!
That is absolutely magnificent.
It's a big attitude for a small snake!
All snakes have remarkably flexible jaws.
They can swallow prey many times the size of their own head.
He's using that to really full effect, showing off.
He's about to withdraw.
What a fantastic snake!
One of my favourite snakes.
Night-time, though, means whole loads of different animals
to see by torchlight and hopefully a few out hunting.
Ooh, a bat.
'Some animals that are active in the day
'are easier to get close to at night,
'like this snoozing dragon fly.'
A giant moth caterpillar.
That is fabulous!
This is the loudest insect in the world.
It's a cicada.
'Hard to believe that this deafening racket can help him find a mate!'
Look at that.
Look at those spikes. They're ridiculous!
I wouldn't touch the tree, Steve!
-Yeah, watch the tree, Steve. It's spiky!
Look at this.
Steve, I've found something here.
Any second now...
..you're gonna see one of the most ferocious...
..and venomous spiders in the world.
I'm try to convince people they shouldn't be scared of spiders,
handling them and...
..showing them they're nothing to be frightened of.
But this spider here
is one exception.
This is officially the deadliest spider in the world
in terms of its venom.
It's called a wandering spider
because it doesn't build a web, it just continually wanders
in search of food.
It's got the strongest venom of any spider in the world
and it's one of the few out of 50,000 species of spider
around the world that can do damage to or even kill a person.
Luckily, it can't bite me through my trousers
so I'm happy with it sat on my leg.
But I certainly wouldn't have it in my hand.
They are, really, spiders to be genuinely careful of
and actually one of the only spiders that's hurt people in the UK
because they've come in on shipments of bananas from Brazil
and turned up in supermarkets in the UK
and people have got bitten by them. Not often, but it's happened.
That little spider there...
Whoa! Hold on a second! Check out that jump!
That little spider there...
..which, as you can see, can jump quite well...
..is the reason that arachnophobics are scared of spiders.
This particular species of wandering spider
isn't very big.
They get to be really huge, tarantula kind of size,
and mostly feed on insects, though some of the big ones
will even feed on small mammals.
Certainly their venom's strong enough.
'With so many potential candidates for my list,
I'm gonna choose very carefully.
Let's see what else I can find.
Here comes the rain!
'With all their expensive electronic gear,
'my crew aren't so keen on the rain!
-'Rich, though, takes it like a man...
These are great!
This is one of the weirdest and most wonderful beetles out there.
It's a click beetle.
Look at that. Like a little brooch.
Oh, he's landed on the sound man's sound pole.
Isn't he wonderful?
Oh, my goodness! That is awesome!
I'm doing all this quite gingerly.
This is quite a nasty scorpion, as scorpions go.
Capable of inflicting a very nasty sting.
That is a Black Forest scorpion.
It's not huge, as scorpions go,
but he is very venomous.
Clasping onto that leaf for dear life!
This is a scorpion that could do a person -
even a big, strong, fully-grown man -
some serious mischief.
On the end of the tail here,
clasped between my fingers very, very carefully, I have to say,
is a spike which leads to a venom gland.
The venom inside that gland is really, really strong.
It's actually capable of making your kidneys and liver totally shut down
once the poison gets into your system.
So I'm treating him with a lot of respect.
I don't want to give the impression that scorpions are all bad.
In fact, they are some of the most incredible creatures.
Probably the most fantastic mothers of all invertebrates.
If we didn't have these guys around,
there'd be way too many things like cockroaches that we want rid of.
I'm going to let go of his tail and see if he'll sit there...
..on my knee.
There you go.
It's quite chilled out, really.
'So chilled out, in fact, that he goes for a wander down my leg!'
He's on the heel of your boot, Steve.
-Is he on the heel?
-Yes, he is.
He's ended up in quite an odd place,
if I'm honest with you.
He's taken shelter on the bottom of my foot.
For a lot of people, the first thing they'd do is squash him.
But personally, I think scorpions are absolutely marvellous
so I'm not gonna do that.
I'm just gonna let him carry on hunting.
Don't move your foot, Steve.
There he goes.
Back into the leaf litter.
'This has been the perfect jungle hunt.
'The world's most venomous spider and a Black Forest scorpion!
'They should go straight onto the list.
'But I can't help thinking they're too obvious.
'Maybe we should look for something a little bit more unexpected.
'Maybe something with feathers.
'These weird-looking hoatzin eat fruit and vegetation.
'They're the flying equivalent of a cow!
'But they look like a cross between a chicken and a dinosaur!'
They really are a throw-back to prehistoric times.
'There are some great deadly birds here as well.'
Look at that!
'This potoo looks like a tree trunk during the day,
'but at night it becomes a fantastic acrobatic insect killer.
'But the birds with the most varied diet round here
'are the ever-present Caracara
'that seem to stand guard on just about every fence post.
'So many brilliant birds.
'One of them must be a candidate for the Deadly 60.
'Well, how about this?'
I spotted a little shape perched on top of a termite mound.
He's dropped down into the grass now
but we're gonna sit and wait because if he turns up, he's worth a look.
Just there, look. See it, Mark?
It's a pair, a breeding pair.
One there and one there. Tiny, aren't they?
They're burrowing owls.
I don't really know where to start
with talking about these incredibly curious creatures.
One of the first things is that they're active now, during the day
and that's really unusual for owls.
Then the size. They're absolutely tiny,
and then the name, burrowing owls.
They're called that cos they live in burrows.
Just down underneath this termite mound is their hole.
The top of the termite mound
is spattered white with their droppings.
They use that as a sentry post. Two of them are here together.
There could well be eggs or even possibly chicks
down in the burrow.
Look at that.
The amount of movement you can see in the head there
is cos owls' eyes are fixed in their sockets much more than ours are.
They can't move their eyes around, so they move the whole head.
They can turn and look right round behind them
purely through that motion of the neck.
Very brave birds as well.
We're really very close
and he's looking right at us but he's not flying away.
-He's well camouflaged in there.
-He is well camouflaged.
'Yes. But are they deadly?
'Well, watch this.
'I know they may be short, and a bit fluffy,
'but apparently no-one told the owl!
'These guys have ideas well above their station!
'They can dig their own burrows
'but why bother when you can steal someone else's?
'In this case, a prairie dog.
'In the burrow, safe underground, up to 12 eggs will hatch into chicks.
'Even at this age, they won't be pushed around.
'They hiss like rattlesnakes to scare off predators.
'To feed these chicks, the adults need to be expert bug catchers.
'They've recently been seen using a technique
'I affectionately call "poo fishing"!
'There are loads of bugs that love poo. Well, why wouldn't you?
'So the owls gather up poo,
'scatter it around the burrow
'and rip it apart to intensify the aroma.
'The smelly trap has been set.
'Owls intercept the bugs and beetles as they fly in.
'You got out expecting poo for tea
'and get eaten by an owl!
'It's tough being a bug!
'Poo fishing. Slightly gross, but smart!
'And definitely deadly.'
Oh, he's back on top of the termite mound.
What a wonderful animal.
So full of attitude and lethal surprises
that I have to put them on my list.
Burrowing owls are cunning, clever,
brave, lethal hunters.
If you're watching this and you're a dung beetle,
keep well away!
Join us next time for more amazing animal encounters on Deadly 60.
That is grim!
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