Episode 2 Wild Tales


Episode 2

Documentary series. Selkie's mum returns, and he receives his first swimming lesson in the world's biggest washing machine.


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The world is full of amazing animals.

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Tales of life and death happen every day.

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For the youngest members, growing up's tough - really tough.

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These stories recreate their roller-coaster lives...

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here on Wild Tales.

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We're following the stories of three fantastic animal characters.

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Bill and Ben are lion cubs facing up to the fact that, even as a lion,

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there's villains out there that want to harm them.

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Eli the elephant's still getting the hang of all his bits and pieces.

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And there's a long way to go.

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And Selkie the seal's learning life's tough

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and nobody on the beach wants to be his friend.

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So who's up first today?

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Well, hold on, we're about to find out.

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First stop is the East African savannah,

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and last time on Wild Tales, we left Bill, Ben and Mum Bibi

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in all sorts of trouble.

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A couple of villains had stumbled on them

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and their escape route was cut off by a herd of buffalo.

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Either the lions or the buffalo could have killed Bill and Ben

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and since we left them last night, anything could have happened.

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As the sun rises on the plains,

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the two male lions are nowhere to be seen.

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But those buffalo are still hanging around like a bad smell.

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Thankfully, Bill and Ben have been tucked away deep in some bushes.

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It's a huge relief for our stars, but they're not out of danger yet.

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There's no sign of Mum Bibi.

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She must have led the two male lions away.

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But has she paid the ultimate price?

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What are they doing? Where is Mum?

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In the open, they're at the mercy of virtually everything that moves.

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You name it - it could kill them.

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Where is Mum when you need her?

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Without her, the cubs are effectively dead already.

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Bill is just beginning to realise,

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but to Ben it's still one big game.

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This is serious.

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Their lives are hanging in the balance, if only they knew.

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All sensible animals have found shade,

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but Bill and Ben are out in the open.

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They have to find Mum in the next couple of hours.

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Without her milk and some shade, they won't survive the morning.

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But right now, Mum's nowhere to be seen.

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Is she alive?

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The cubs just keep on moving.

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By now, they're walking on their last legs.

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200 miles south is the Amboseli game reserve.

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Last time on Wild Tales,

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Eli couldn't walk and the herd were leaving.

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Without working legs and Mum Ella's milk, he wouldn't survive the day.

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But he managed to stand and have his first drink.

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When we left them, all was looking pretty good for Eli and his family.

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Eli's stayed with the herd and controlled those wayward feet of his,

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so it's time for everyone to have a drink and some grub.

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Mum lets him know how proud she is with a rub of her trunk.

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As she goes for a drink, Eli is coming to terms with his super-straw.

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It's a nose, an arm, a hand and a trumpet all rolled into one -

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a sort of Swiss army tool for elephants.

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And this model comes with no instructions!

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It even works as a bird scarer.

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This multi-tool is impossible,

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and that leaf's definitely got a mind of its own.

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Mum shows him how it should be done because, well, she knows best.

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But kids think they know better,

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and that trunk thing just gets in the way.

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He may have a lot to learn, but he has a huge family around him

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and he won't be on his own for ten years.

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That's plenty of time to master his trunk skills.

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To make things even better for Eli,

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the rainy season is beginning and the swimming pools are filling up.

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Heaven if you're a young elephant!

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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4,500 miles north in bonny Scotland. Last time on Wild Tales,

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Selkie was abandoned by his mum and faced his first night alone.

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He needed milk and the only seal that could help him was Mum.

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He'd never even met his dad.

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It was just the two of them in this family,

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and without Mum, he wouldn't live to see the next day.

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It's a freezing cold morning, but if Mum

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didn't find Selkie last night, he won't have lived to see sunrise.

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There's Mum.

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And Selkie's busy with breakfast. He's one lucky pup, for sure!

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Mum's chosen an empty corner of the beach to keep Selkie safe.

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It's lonely, but at least it's quiet.

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It's like he's super-glued to her!

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When you're a young seal, it's all about getting fat in a hurry.

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The three litres of milk he'll drink a day

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has more fat than eight blocks of butter.

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Anyone would think he'd pop soon!

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But seals don't pop - they balloon. Check out the size of that dude!

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To drink heavily, you need to avoid trouble.

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So Mum keeps Selkie safe, away from the centre of the beach.

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Only 200 metres away, and it's rammed with blubber.

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Seal mums are scrapping for space everywhere. But when you're small,

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it's easy to get caught in the crossfire.

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That pup was nearly flattened!

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IT ROARS

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And that one's nearly drowning. Phew! That was close.

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HE MEWS

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Don't laugh, Selkie! He may be Mum's first pup,

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but she's keeping him out of trouble.

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She's not so bad after all.

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Back in the Masai Mara, temperatures have already reached 35 degrees

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and Bill and Ben are nowhere to be seen.

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They got separated from Mum Bibi after their run-in with the buffalo.

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They wandered into the long grass looking for her,

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but now there's no sign of them.

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Mum IS alive and searching for Bill and Ben

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and she just won't give up.

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Where are they?

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If our cubs are in the sun, they'll be dead by now.

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As the day goes on, temperatures soar. It's like an oven out there.

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She walks miles and miles.

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She calls for Bill and Ben.

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LOW-PITCHED CALL

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Finally, tired and exhausted, she heads for the shade

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of the only tree on the plain.

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Look at that! Amazingly,

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Bill and Ben made it back to the tree house on their own.

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They've been alone for almost a day. They're starving.

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So Mum serves dinner...

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..and gives them a cooling bath while she's at it.

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Another couple of hours and it would have been too late.

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There's nothing better than being back with Mum.

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But to keep providing milk, she'll have to eat, as well,

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and she's got her dinner on her mind - wildebeest.

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These take some catching.

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And without babysitters, she has no choice

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but to leave the cubs alone again.

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THUNDER CRASHES

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Back in Eli's world, the heavens have opened.

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The wet season has really kicked off.

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It's raining cats and dogs,

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and most of the neighbours are wet, wet, wet!

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But it's W-ELLY heaven for our family,

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and like all kids, Eli's making the most of it.

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# ..Make 'em feel good about themselves

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# You got to love everybody

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# Make 'em feel good about themselves... #

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When you weigh as much as three cars,

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getting in the water must be sheer bliss.

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But Eli takes some persuading to get in the swimming pool.

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He's got to get used to the water,

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cos elephants travel miles every day and have to cross rivers and marshes.

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# ..Love everybody

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# Make 'em feel good about themselves

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# You got to love everybody

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# Make 'em feel good about themselves... #

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Eli is using Mum's trunk as a giant armband.

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He doesn't look too sure about this swimming lark.

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Until he finds food, that is.

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After a long soak,

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Eli is allowed to get out, because it's time to go walkabout.

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Back in Scotland, Selkie's seven days old.

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He's put his towel down on the ultimate sun lounger.

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When you're young, lying around is just SO boring.

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Mum can only watch you for so long.

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So Selkie goes looking for new drinking buddies.

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But it's easy to get lost in a crowd, so Mum follows, just in case.

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It's all about getting strong, cos seals swim miles every day.

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The big kids are huge. They're only a couple of weeks older than him.

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The beach is no place for a small seal on an exploring mission.

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Suddenly, our pint-sized star realises he's well out of his depth.

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He can't see Mum, but she recognises his voice.

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SELKIE WAILS

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He'd got a bit big for his flippers.

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If he's gonna wander off again, Mum had better teach him to swim.

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It's time for Selkie's first surf lesson.

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Back with Bill and Ben, and Mum is getting herself a bite to eat.

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She's off. She's quick! Wildebeest are running everywhere.

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She's got it.

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Well done, Mum.

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This is a big day. It's the twins' first steak.

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From now on, it's meat for the rest of their lives.

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It won't be long before they have to learn to hunt for themselves.

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THEY MEOW

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But the whole prospect of this meat mountain is a little scary.

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They start to unwrap their first African takeaway.

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Oi! That's Mum's tail!

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But nothing stays secret in this town for long.

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The neighbours are looking over the fence and they like what they see.

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But they're definitely NOT friendly.

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There's enough food for everyone,

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but the hyenas don't see it that way.

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It's all about numbers, and they just keep on coming.

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Lions and hyenas hate each other.

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Bill and Ben are in serious danger if they hang around here.

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Bibi's hungry, but the cubs' safety comes first,

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so they leave the gang to it.

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HYENAS "LAUGH"

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Lions usually live in large families,

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and Bibi needs help raising these kids.

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So where are the main pride? Well, they're never far away.

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Lion families live on the edge of violence all the time.

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GROWLING

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If you do anything wrong when you're a small lion - even smell wrong -

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one swipe of a paw is all it would take.

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So far, Bill and Ben have kept away.

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But when they're old enough, they'll rejoin the pride.

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For now, they're safer alone with Mum, even if it means

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she can't feed well. She'll just have to sniff out another snack

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and hope the cubs will be OK on their own.

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But nothing's guaranteed out here.

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ELEPHANT TRUMPETS

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Eli's worked out what his trunk can do and he's had a long bath.

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Mum Ella knows that beyond the huge river are lush forests

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that will be food through the coming dry season.

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And it's her experience that keeps the herd alive.

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When you're four metres tall,

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nothing stops you, but tiny Eli is finding his first marathon

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more than a little tough.

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All that rain has turned the ground into a chocolate skating rink.

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Oh, poor Eli!

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Eli hasn't completely mastered his new pins.

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It's just one battle after another for him.

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This growing up lark is exhausting.

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He's looked after by lots of sisters, aunts, cousins and other ladies.

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An elephant herd is almost all girls, and they're all related.

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They're the bosses here and wherever they go, Eli follows,

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no matter how difficult and dangerous it gets for our star.

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And this could be his biggest challenge yet.

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Eli is about to attempt what may turn out to be his first -

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and last - river crossing.

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The current is strong - maybe too strong for Eli.

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And after that mammoth trek, he's exhausted.

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More calves die like this than in any other way.

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He must be terrified, but if he doesn't go soon,

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he'll be left behind.

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He's going under. The current's just too strong.

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The herd call to him on the other side, and the adults realise

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that to continue is suicide for Eli.

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They've turned back.

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But with the rivers rising and the herd on the other side,

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it's only a matter of time before he has to cross again.

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Up in Scotland, the water may be colder,

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but Selkie is built for it.

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Being a non-swimmer isn't an option, so it's time for his first lesson.

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Our surf dude can't use armbands,

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so he'd better find his water wings...fast!

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This is the ultimate paddling pool

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and Mum shields him from the worst of the waves.

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That one had him!

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And again! Being fat comes in pretty handy

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when you're thrown around like this.

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It's like a giant washing machine, and this is only gentle action!

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Next door's lot are learning too, but they're not a patch on Selkie.

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He caught that one a treat! ..Well, nearly!

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The mini torpedo looks more like a fish out of water.

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He's right on it now. This is a whole load of fun!

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When storms hit,

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he'll really have something to worry about.

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That sea can get pretty rough at times.

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But for now, it's playtime.

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Fooled ya!

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A kiss for Mum.

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After a final rinse cycle, he's got it nailed.

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How about a round of applause?

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CLAPPING

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But Selkie hasn't made it yet.

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Something else is lurking in the water. This could be his downfall.

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Huge males are arriving in the surf.

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They're nearly three times heavier than Mum, and that's heavy.

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These guys are here to fight for ladies.

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If Selkie's caught underneath them,

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it'll all be over before it's even begun.

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Hold on tight, Mum.

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As darkness falls, it's now or never for Eli. He's rested, but starving

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and with the river still rising, he has no option but to try again.

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The current's even stronger and he's lost his footing already.

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Surely this is curtains for our star.

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He's almost going under.

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It'll be a miracle if he makes it.

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With the fastest stretch of water to swim in darkness,

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things look anything but good.

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But they're coming back for him.

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It's almost too dark to see now.

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Imagine how terrified Eli must be.

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Will he even have the energy to climb the river bank?

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The adults have made it.

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And there's our star,

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battered but alive and in the right place to live through the dry season.

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And that's what counts.

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All looks quiet on the African plains.

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The cubs are home alone.

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After losing her kill to the hyenas,

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Mum's gone off to find herself a snack.

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It's all right for Bill and Ben.

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They've already eaten, so they're busy playing,

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and after all they've been through, they're doing pretty well.

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What Bill and Ben don't know is that the rest of their family,

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the ones they haven't met yet, are only half a mile away.

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And they're seriously close to those elephants.

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But lions don't give way easily.

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Here come the heavies.

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Guess it's time to move. Oops.

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King of the beasts?

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This lot look like they've lost their crown for sure.

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But they're heading towards Bill and Ben.

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This is so unlucky.

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Of all the directions to choose.

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And if they stumble across our two stars, who knows what will happen?

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Bill and Ben are too young to bump into their family just yet.

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At this age, they could be killed,

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especially if Mum isn't around.

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Oh, no.

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The pride have found Bill and Ben, and Mum's not there to protect them.

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Bill's calling out for Mum, but it won't do any good.

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This is torture for our cubs.

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If the pride don't recognise their family smell,

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Bill and Ben stand no chance.

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They could even be killed by accident.

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Our stars are getting hit again and again

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as each lion comes to check them out.

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Just don't bite.

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One wrong move and our brothers are history.

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Next time on Wild Tales...

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Will Bill and Ben be accepted into the pride?

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At this stage, anything could happen.

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Will Eli fully recover from his brush with a watery grave?

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Mum's got a surprise for him if he does.

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As a storm batters Selkie's world, the huge males gear up for a fight.

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Does it spell double trouble for Selkie?

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Find out next time on Wild Tales.

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Documentary series. Bill and Ben have managed to escape the marauding lions, but find themselves home alone and in desperate need of a meal. Selkie's mum returns, and he receives his first swimming lesson in the world's biggest washing machine. Meanwhile, Eli is battling to come to terms with his odd nose.


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