Episode 2 Wild Tales


Episode 2

Children's wildlife documentary series. Rooney the meerkat has his first feeding lesson. Leopard cubs Kumi and Siri get into danger with a troop of baboons.


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The world is full of amazing animal families.

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Tales of life and death happen every day.

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For the youngest members, growing up is tough, really tough.

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These stories recreate their roller- coaster lives, here on Wild Tales.

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

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We'll find out if Yogi, our adventurous bear cub,

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lives to swim another day.

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Leopard cubs Kumi and Siri are about to have a scary encounter.

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And bold little meerkat Rooney comes face to face with danger.

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But where to first?

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Well, you're about to find out.

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First stop is northern Alaska, home to our grizzly bear family.

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Last time Mama Bear was trying to catch some fish.

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But after taking her eyes off the cubs, Yogi and his sisters

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found themselves in deep water.

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They were swept away by the strong current.

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This is a really wild river.

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Fortunately, the girls have made it ashore,

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but Yogi's been washed further downstream.

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There're a big bear that's heading his way who wouldn't think twice

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about gobbling down helpless Yogi.

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Uh-oh. He looks really tired. Is he gonna make it?

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Crikey! What's that grizzly got?

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Please don't be Yogi.

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Phew. It's just a salmon.

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And look! There's Yogi.

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He's made it back on to the bank.

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Mama and the cubs rush to greet him.

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Mama must be so pleased she's got her little Yogi back.

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Yogi won't forget his first swimming lesson in a hurry.

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He's had a lucky escape.

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It's obvious Mama's got her work cut out keeping this bundle of fur safe.

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But with no fish caught and more big bears on their way,

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it's far too dangerous to carry on fishing around here.

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Mama's got to find somewhere safer for the cubs.

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But where's she gonna go?

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10,000 miles across the Atlantic

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to southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.

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Last time, little Rooney had a lucky escape from a hungry mole snake.

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Since the drama of the snake attack,

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Rooney and the gang have been in their burrow.

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Luckily, the mole snake hasn't been seen again.

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It's now getting late and they've got a chilly night ahead.

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Like most deserts, the Kalahari gets very cold at night,

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with temperatures dropping well below zero.

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For these guys, survival in the Kalahari Desert league

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is all about teamwork.

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With no central heating, they've got to use each other to keep warm.

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And look at Rooney. He's using Mum and Dad as his hot water bottles!

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But this is the moment he's been waiting for - sunrise!

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Now, at last Rooney and the team can soak up the sun's rays.

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Like all good teams,

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they need a proper warm-up before they get active.

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But for these guys, that means sunbathing.

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It looks as though they're gonna need more time in the sun,

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as they're all struggling to wake up.

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And little Rooney can hardly stay upright.

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Oh, he's gone!

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These sleepy heads better buck up.

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If they want to stay in the First Division

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they need to get into training.

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Lessons are starting at 9 o'clock sharp

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and these lessons are not to be missed.

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Heading north over Africa, our next stop is Kenya's Masai Mara.

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Last time, Mila was taking Kumi and Siri

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their first meaty meal, a wildebeest she'd hidden in the undergrowth.

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But there was one big hurdle.

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Siri made it, but the cliff proved too much for Kumi.

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Kumi's still at the bottom of the bank.

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He's on his own.

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He's in real danger, but he must learn how to get up himself.

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Mum can't help him now.

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That bank is massive! It's over five times his height.

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That's like you trying to climb a two-storey building.

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Ah, he's gonna have another go. Oh!

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He's missed it again.

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Ooh... There we go.

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Ah, at last!

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Well done, Kumi. He looks so happy to be up there with Mum.

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What a fighter.

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"Ouch! Easy, son!"

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Things are looking up, and they're about to get even better.

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Mum's taking him to the kill.

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At three months old, this will be Kumi's first taste of meat,

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essential to a little leopard's diet.

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These two will get through the equivalent of

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100 wildebeest in the next year.

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Hold on, where's Mum off to with that?

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Their meaty feast is gonna attract some hungry scavengers soon,

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so Mum's got to take it somewhere safe

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and for leopards, that means up a tree.

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Oh no, poor Kumi.

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Climbing lessons are coming thick and fast today! He's just struggled

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up a steep river bank and now Mum's expecting him to climb a tree.

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After Yogi's river rafting adventure,

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Mum's looking for somewhere safe to take the cubs.

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But with no home to go to, this family are heading to the meadow.

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It's down by the beach, and during these summery months

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it's packed full of juicy green grass.

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Wahay! Grub's up!

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Yogi's been living on his mum's milk for the last four months,

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so this is a real treat.

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Unlike most toddlers, this guy just loves his greens.

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Mama bear's getting stuck in too.

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She's starving.

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Meadow grass is full of vitamins, but it isn't as filling as salmon,

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so Mum has got to eat a lot of it to get the calories she needs.

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But she's got to stay alert.

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There are two young males playing down on the beach.

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They're only teenagers, but unlike the ones hanging around your park,

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these teens could eat you.

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At just four months old, Yogi and the girls would be an easy snack.

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They think they're tough,

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but they've got a lot of growing to do

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before they can look after themselves.

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Hm - Mama Bear's spotted trouble again.

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That's not good. The two teenagers are heading their way.

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LOW CLUCKING ROAR

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Mum signals the alarm.

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"Come on! Enough mucking around, you guys. We're off."

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Yogi's only managed a few mouthfuls of grass.

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He's still really hungry, and he's not the only one.

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But now he's got to get a move on or he could end up as dinner.

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Kumi's really being put to the test.

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Mum's taken his dinner up the tree, so if Kumi wants to carry on eating,

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he's got to follow.

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Oh, he's straight up!

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Just look at him.

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He's forgotten his trauma at the riverbank.

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He's really enjoying it up there with his sister.

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This is like a giant climbing frame to the cubs.

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Wildebeest isn't the star attraction any more.

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Playing in this tree is much more fun.

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There're lots of branches to sniff and run along.

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And you can even do a bit of tree-hugging. Ah!

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Ooh! Watch out, Kumi, it's a long drop if you fall.

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Fortunately these guys are armed with long claws

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that can help them dig in and cling on

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so that they can explore their new tree-top territory.

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But trees aren't just for fun.

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They can use them as a leopard lookout.

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Reaching up to 15 metres high,

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they're the ideal place to check out what's on the menu.

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They can use them as a leopard larder.

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The perfect place to stash food away from scavengers.

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Just like Mum's done with her wildebeest catch.

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And they can also use them as a leopard's lair.

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With lots of shade and a fresh breeze, it's a great spot

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for a cool cat to chill out.

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But there's no snoozing for our Kumi.

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He's just too excited

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and has already spotted something from his tree-top lookout.

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A waterbuck!

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The waterbuck has no idea

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that there's a little rapscallion hiding in the branches.

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But Kumi's got a few more lessons and a little more growing up to do

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before he'll be able to take on this guy.

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At last Rooney's wide awake, warmed up and ready to go.

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Just as well, as it's time for his first training session -

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finding food the meerkat way.

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With most of their food buried deep underground,

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this calls for a lot of digging.

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Each meerkat can shift over 300 times its own weight in sand.

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Just imagine doing that with your bucket and spade!

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Thanks to an amazing sense of smell,

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they can pinpoint a bug buried deep in the sand with the slightest sniff.

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Then they'll dig like there's no tomorrow.

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"Hey, Rooney! Your turn."

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"Woah, they're over there."

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The whole class is off to get some digging lessons.

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First off, each pup gets their very own coach.

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Mum and Dad need a break, so little Rooney is paired up with Uncle Bob.

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YAPPING SQUEAKS

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Rooney's starving and he's letting Uncle Bob know it

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with all that yapping.

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He's too little to dig for himself so Uncle Bob's showing him how.

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And as soon as he finds something tasty, he throws it to Rooney.

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Grub's up! A nice crunchy beetle for Rooney to get his teeth into.

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Ah, that's shut him up!

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It looks as though Rooney's got an ace coach.

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And Rooney's not the only one to notice.

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The other pups are trying to muscle in but Rooney's having none of it.

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Uncle Bob is all his!

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Wow, that's quite a tackle!

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It looks like our little Rooney is becoming a bit of a star player.

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But he's got to be careful,

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as feeding time for meerkats is often a risky business.

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Yogi and his family have been on the run all day trying to find a meal,

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but everywhere they go, they keep bumping into danger.

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They're starving.

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Mum's brought them back to the shoreline

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and at last they're in luck. They've found some tasty dinner.

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And this time, they've got the place to themselves.

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Yogi and the girls are really enjoying their first taste of meat.

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It's a dead seal.

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OK, so it may look a little stringy,

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but to Yogi, this is like a giant sausage.

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At last, Yogi and his family are having a feast.

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Uh-oh, a few other scavengers have turned up

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to steal some tasty tit-bits. Ravens.

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That's the last thing they need, noisy birds to give the game away.

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These birds could attract other scavengers,

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like bigger bears or even wolves, and wolves would happily eat

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a bear cub for breakfast.

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Yogi's got the right idea.

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He's chased one away, but there's lots more circling around.

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They've finally had a decent meal but Mama's not happy.

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They can't hang around here for long - it's not safe.

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They've got to keep moving.

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With climbing lessons over for the day,

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Kumi and Siri are following Mum back home to their riverside den.

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At this age, they're completely dependent on her.

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She provides them with food and protection,

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and these two need all the protection they can get right now.

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Uh-oh, Mum's noticed something.

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A troop of baboons are marching straight for them.

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These monkeys can get really nasty.

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If they spot a big cat, they'll want to scare it off

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or even kill it to protect their family.

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After lions and hyenas, baboons are the most dangerous animals

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a leopard can encounter,

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and they could easily kill little Kumi or Siri.

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What are they going to do?

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Mum's making a quick exit, leaving the cubs to hide on their own.

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It may seem crazy, but it's her only option.

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If Mum stays and stands her ground,

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the baboons will know she's got something to protect.

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Kumi and Siri are trying to get into cover.

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Their survival instincts are really kicking in.

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Look how they're crawling close to the ground.

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They're trying to keep as low as they can.

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Now they have to put their hide and seek skills into practice.

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They've found somewhere to hide - a cave in the bank,

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just above that fallen log.

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Oh, no. Look, one of the baboons is heading straight for them.

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It must have heard them.

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But the cubs are being really clever. They're staying dead still.

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If they move a muscle, this could be their last game.

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It's shaking those bushes, trying to scare them out.

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Don't move, cubs!

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Feeding lessons are continuing and Rooney's doing his best

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at guzzling down lots of bugs and grubs.

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And he's not the only one getting stuck into breakfast.

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Mum, Dad and the rest of the team are joining in,

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and they'll eat just about anything they can lay their paws on,

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even millipedes!

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But for meerkats, finding food is a risky business.

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With their heads down and bottoms up,

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they're especially vulnerable to attack.

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Not wanting to end up as a takeaway feast, the team have a cunning plan.

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The older team-members take it in turns to be on guard duty,

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and right now it's Aunty Mavis's turn.

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She's climbing up to the highest vantage point,

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where she can look out for danger.

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And for the meerkats, danger can come from anywhere.

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Hungry hawks or eagles from above...

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jackals on the horizon...

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and snakes along the ground.

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Whilst Rooney's been waiting for some more tasty morsels,

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he's noticed a new sound.

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It's Aunty Mavis. CHIRPING

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What's all that noise about, Mavis?

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As the guard on duty, she's making a continuous chirp.

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In meerkat language, it means the coast is clear

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and the team are safe to feed.

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She's still chirping for the moment, but danger is looming.

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Less than 100m away, a golden cobra is heading for the team.

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Let's hope Mavis spots it in time,

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so that Rooney and the other pups can make a hasty escape.

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Yogi's not having much luck with chasing the ravens away.

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They've got to keep moving

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before the ravens attract some uninvited guests.

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-DISTANT HOWL

-Yogi can hear the howling.

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He doesn't know what it means, but he can tell something's up.

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There are wolves about, and if they've spotted the ravens,

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it won't be long before they close in on Yogi and his family.

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And if that wasn't bad enough,

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they've also got the weather to deal with.

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It's starting to get nasty.

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Yogi and his sisters follow Mum.

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They're heading up a cliff called Bootleg.

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Wow! That's steep.

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These bears can go anywhere!

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But with rock-climbing, one wrong move could be suicidal.

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Uh-oh. They've got company.

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The wolves have obviously been attracted by all those birds.

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Let's hope they don't pick up the bears' scent.

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If a wolf got hold of Yogi, he wouldn't stand a chance.

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Oh, no. The worst has happened.

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The wolves are following them up Bootleg.

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This is serious.

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Come on, guys.

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You've got to get up there quick.

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Kumi and Siri are playing a deadly game of hide and seek with a baboon.

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This monkey could easily kill them, but the longer they can sit tight,

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the better their chances of survival.

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Oh, phew. The baboons appear to have lost interest.

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Well done, guys. That was a close call.

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With the baboons outsmarted, Mila knows it's safe now.

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She's coming back to join her cubs.

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She's found Kumi and Siri. What a relief!

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After all that excitement, they're in need of a refreshing drink.

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"Ahh!"

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Ooh, but what's that?

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Kumi just can't wait to get into training again.

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Time for some stalking practice.

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No, missed it that time.

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"Oh, Mum! It's a serious business."

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Now, what's Siri found?

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She's gone for something even smaller.

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What is it?

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Oh, it's a butterfly!

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Not in quite the same league as a wildebeest,

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but you gotta start somewhere!

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Ooh, look! Now they're practising their hunting skills on Mum.

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It's been quite a day for these two,

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and they've proved they're quick learners.

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But with baboons in the vicinity and other hungry predators about,

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danger could come at any moment.

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With his feeding coach keeping him stocked up,

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Rooney's tucking into his fourth course.

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Aunty Mavis is still on guard duty and she's signalling the all-clear

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with her constant chirp.

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But danger is lurking in the distance.

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A golden cobra is making a beeline for the team.

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Has Mavis seen it?

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Listen, the chirping's stopped.

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Mavis has spotted the snake.

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Now she's signalling the alarm.

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AGITATED CHIRPING

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Rooney's heard that one before. In meerkat language, it means SNAKE!

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But they've got to go on the attack.

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The team need to stand their ground and scare the snake away,

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or else the cobra will follow them into their burrow.

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A golden cobra is far more lethal than a mole snake.

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Its venom can kill a man in minutes.

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But these guys are pros.

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Their reactions are lightning fast and if they work together,

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they can bully this snake out of their territory and keep Rooney

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and the other new signings safe.

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Look at Rooney. The cheeky striker's gone in for a closer look.

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Careful, Rooney. If the cobra spits its venom, it'll blind you.

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But even while the cobra's being warned off,

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there are still a couple of defenders at the back keeping a look out.

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SQUEAKING

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Oh, what's that? One of the defenders is sounding another alarm.

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They're being attacked from above! It's a martial eagle.

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Rooney doesn't know what that alarm means, but he's a quick learner

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and follows everyone towards the burrows.

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The cobra's making a quick escape whilst the team are scarpering.

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Unlike a snake, you can't fight an eagle.

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It will easily grab you.

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Watch out, Rooney!

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Next time on Wild Tales -

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Has Rooney escaped the clutches of the martial eagle?

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Kumi's a year older, but he's still not out of danger.

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Will he survive a close encounter with a pack of angry lions?

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And can Yogi and his family keep their footing

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and escape from the wolves?

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Find out next time on Wild Tales.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Children's wildlife documentary series. Rooney the meerkat has his first feeding lesson. Leopard cubs Kumi and Siri get into danger with a troop of baboons. Grizzly bear cub Yogi has to run for his life when a pack of wolves pick up his scent.


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