Episode 3 Wild Tales


Episode 3

Children's wildlife documentary series. Yogi, the grizzly bear cub, has to catch enough salmon to survive his first winter hibernation.


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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,

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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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Kumi, our cheeky leopard cub is a year older, and he's much bigger,

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but is he still with mum?

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

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is a born survivor.

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And has our brave little meerkat, Rooney, escaped the clutches

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of the martial eagle?

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So where do we start?

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Well, you're about to find out.

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First stop is Katmai National Park in Alaska.

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When we last saw Yogi, he was following mum

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and his two sisters up Bootleg.

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Climbing up a steep cliff with full tummies is a risky business at

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the best of times, but add to that being chased by a pack of wolves

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and you're really asking for trouble.

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Since then, there have been no sightings of Yogi and the girls.

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They haven't even been back to any of their usual haunts.

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What could have happened?

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Did those wolves catch them?

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Hey, what's that?

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Oh, phew!

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It's Mumma Bear. And there's Yogi. He seems really well.

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But sadly, it looks like there are only two cubs.

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One of Yogi's sisters is missing.

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At this age, grizzly bear cubs will stick very close to mum.

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So if little sis isn't here, then it's pretty unlikely that

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she's alive.

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She must have been taken by the wolves.

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It's a real shame, but not a big surprise.

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Out here in Alaska, only two out of three cubs

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survive to their second birthday.

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Their big challenge right now is to find enough food before winter.

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And it looks like they're in luck.

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Mum's found a seal carcass.

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It's risky for Yogi and his sister

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to be out in the open like this, as predators could be nearby, but they

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can't pass up this opportunity to stock up on some tasty leftovers.

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Time's ticking. Yogi and his sister only have a month before they have

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to go into hibernation.

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So once they finish this off, they'll still need more food.

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10,000 miles across the other side of the Atlantic, we're back in Southern

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Africa's Kalahari Desert.

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When we last visited our little meerkat Rooney,

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he and the whole team were in mortal danger.

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They were being attacked by a golden cobra and a martial eagle.

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Their only choice was to dive for cover.

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Now, at last, the coast is clear. So what's happened to the team?

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Have they all survived?

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Has little Rooney made it?

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There's dad,

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and mum's out too.

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There are some pups,

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but where's Rooney?

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Ah, there he is! Everyone's made it!

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But they've all got to stay on their guard as the eagle could be back.

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Uh oh, what's happening now?

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The sky's full of birds. Hang on, they're only swifts.

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Unlike eagles, they're not gonna gobble up a meerkat.

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But Rooney and the other pups don't know that.

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They've never seen swifts before.

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Rooney's checking out mum and dad.

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They're not bolting for cover. Maybe there's nothing to worry about.

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And how about Aunty Mavis, who's on guard duty? She's still chirping.

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We all know what that means in meerkat language.

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It means it's safe to stay out.

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Thanks to his team, Rooney's starting to learn who he should

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and shouldn't be scared of, but friend or foe isn't the only things

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he needs to learn about to survive in the Kalahari league.

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There's also the desert itself.

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Next stop is the Massai Mara in east Africa.

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Last time we visited our leopard family, Kumi and Siri were reunited

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with their mum Mila after a close encounter with a troop of baboons.

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A year has passed, and look at Kumi - he's really grown.

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But his sister's nowhere to be seen.

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For the past year, she's been missing.

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And it's a sad fact that less than 50% of leopard cubs

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survive to adulthood.

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Many are taken by lions or hyenas.

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We've still got Kumi.

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He's a year older and is behaving

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like a real leopard now, relaxing in his favourite tree.

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He now looks very similar to his mum, Mila.

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But there is a way to tell them apart.

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They've both got a black collar around their necks.

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But at the centre, each has a distinctive pattern of dots.

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Kumi has four dots lined up, like they are on a dice.

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Whereas Mila has five dots, which look a bit like a paw print.

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But right now, Mila is nowhere to be seen.

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Kumi seems to be all on his own.

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It's most likely that Mila is pregnant, and when leopard mums

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get pregnant, they won't tolerate having the kids around.

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Poor Kumi. Now he'll have to find his own territory to roam.

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But he's gotta be careful.

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He doesn't want to bump into any other leopards, including mum,

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or he could get chased away or even killed.

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Yogi and his family are on the run again.

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They've just been pushed off their seal meal by a bigger bear,

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and with no home to go to, Mum has no option but to take

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Yogi and his sister up river.

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It's a place of bad memories for Yogi.

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On his last visit, he had a white-water rafting trip

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that he'd rather forget.

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Oh, no, what's mumma bear gone and done now?

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There're loads of bears here.

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None of them seem to be paying the cubs any attention.

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They're just too busy trying to catch fish.

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Over the last few weeks the salmon run has been gaining momentum.

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And now, at last, it's reached its peak.

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The rivers are overflowing with fish!

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And it looks like everyone's getting a mouthful.

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Mumma bear should have more luck fishing this time.

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Hey, the cubs are getting back in the water.

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I hope Yogi doesn't get swept away again!

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Boy, these guys have no fear.

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Ooh, this

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is getting really chilly, I think we should get out of here.

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Where's that fish, mum?

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Wow, look at that! She's caught a whopper!

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The cubs are starving.

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Hey! Yogi's nicked the best bit.

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Now mum and little sis have to make do with the leftover's.

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Mum's looking for her fair share but Yogi's not in a sharing mood.

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Yum, sushi's great!

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This is Yogi's first taste of fresh fish and he's loving every mouthful.

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It's a nice change from stale seal!

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This is so tasty, mum's even licking the plate clean.

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The cubs are doing really well.

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They're growing bigger and stronger by the day.

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At last, Yogi and his family can enjoy a meal in peace.

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Kumi's all on his own so now

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he's got to fend for himself, but is he up to the job?

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It's that rumbling sound again.

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Kumi's heard it before so he knows what it means -

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the wildebeest are back.

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This is Kumi's big chance to put his hunting skills into practice.

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Come on, Kumi, you gotta get a move on if you want

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to catch a wildebeest.

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Further upstream, another leopard is getting in on the action.

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It's Mila, Kumi's mum!

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She's heading into the long grass.

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It's the perfect cover.

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She's got a big herd in her sights.

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Time to get even closer.

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Wow! She's got one.

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Well done, Mila!

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But she's a bit too exposed. She needs to get the kill to cover,

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before any lions or hyenas pick up on the scent.

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Back downstream, Kumi's lazing around.

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Why isn't he going after some wildebeest of his own?

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Surely he's hungry?

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Oh, look, at last he's heading towards the action,

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but he's also heading straight into Mila's territory.

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And if Mila's pregnant then she definitely won't want Kumi around.

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With the help of the team, Rooney's starting to get a good idea

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of who's who in the Kalahari.

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But friends and rivals aren't the only things he needs to learn about

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to survive in the desert league.

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It's midday and it's getting really hot out here.

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With temperatures soaring to 40 degrees, Rooney's starting

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to feel the heat.

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The desert heat can be a real killer

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so everyone here has their clever ways of keeping cool.

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Time for Rooney to get back to base and find out how meerkats do it.

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In the midday heat, our meerkat team like to stay out of the sun.

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Today, they've chosen a big tree.

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This way they've got plenty of shade so they can all chill out together.

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Oh, phew, Rooney's joined them!

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But he's still feeling the heat.

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Rooney's dad has got a trick up his sleeve.

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He's covering them with sand.

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This is a great way to keep the kids cool, as the lower

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layers of sand are nice and chilled.

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Even Rooney's having a little go at throwing some sand around.

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The sentry on duty, Uncle Bob, doesn't get any sand cooling therapy

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so he's finding it hard to stay awake.

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Even with the noisy neighbours making a racket.

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It's their friends from upstairs, the weaverbirds,

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and they've got their very own special way of beating the heat.

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Their nest may look like a giant haystack, but it's more than just

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a load of straw.

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With air trapped in the thatch, it acts like a home-made

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air-conditioning system, staying 10 degrees cooler than the outside.

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In a few hours' time, the hottest part of the day will be over

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and then at last the meerkat team can get back on the pitch.

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Just as well as Rooney's got a very important training session coming up.

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After a fishy feast it's time eat some greens.

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Mumma bear's brought the cubs to a new meadow.

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Let's hope its safer than the last one they visited.

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With most of the big bears fishing for salmon they should be OK,

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at least that's what Mumma bear's hoping.

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There're no fishy feasts on offer here,

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but they can tuck into some salad.

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Uh oh, what's this?

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It's a huge male, it's creeping up behind them and it could easily

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kill Yogi and his sister. They're making a run for it.

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Ooh! Where did Yogi go? Oh, he's OK!

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But they've still got a giant bear chasing after them!

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Boy, that bear looks grumpy!

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Poor Yogi's probably got indigestion,

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but with the season drawing to a close, he and his little sis have

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got to find more food if they want to make it through the harsh winter.

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With the hottest part of the day behind them,

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Rooney and the team are back out on the pitch and ready for action.

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It's thirsty work being a member of Meerkats United, but Rooney doesn't

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have to worry about finding a glass of water round here.

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Meerkats don't need to drink at all, as they can get all the water

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they need from juicy bugs and grubs.

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So far Rooney's been handed food on a plate by the adults,

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but today it's his big chance to see if he can fend for himself.

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Ooh, what's this? A giant millipede making its way towards you Rooney.

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Nice one Rooney, ooh, don't let it get away!

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Ah, there you go, good work for your first catch!

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And check this out, his next challenge

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is a trail of stinging ants!

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Mmm, it's a bit like eating your peas one by one, but these peas bite!

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Ouch!

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Poor Rooney, this foraging business

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can be pretty painful if you don't know what you're doing.

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And there's another surprise on the meerkat menu, with an even

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bigger sting in the tail!

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Back at the riverbank in the Massai Mara, Kumi's

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heading for the wildebeest herd, but now he's in mum's territory.

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If they meet, Mila could get really aggressive.

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Careful, Kumi!

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Hold on a minute, he can hear something,

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it sounds like another leopard,

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what's he gonna do? Uh oh,

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it's Mila who's making all that noise.

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Ooh, Kumi's on the move.

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But he's going straight towards Mila.

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What on earth is he thinking?

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Oh, look at that!

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She seems pretty pleased to see him.

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Wow, what a relief.

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The fact that she's being so friendly means there's

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no way she could be pregnant.

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Kumi's not on his own after all.

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He's still just a big kitten who can't resist mum's home cookin',

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or should I say catchin'?

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But Kumi and Mila are walking straight towards danger,

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they don't know it yet, but a gang of lions are lying in their path...

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Yikes! Watch out, Kumi!

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Oh, no, the lions are on the move

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and they're coming this way, they must have picked up the scent.

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If they meet there's only one outcome...

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a dead leopard!

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Out here in Alaska, a lot can change in just a few weeks.

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Autumn has arrived and Yogi and his family have got no time to waste.

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They've already grown a thicker coat, now they've just gotta eat

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as much as they can so they can make it through the cold winter.

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And up here in the mountains autumn brings one final fruity feast.

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The hills are carpeted with sugar-rich berries.

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For Yogi, this is like tucking into his favourite pudding.

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Some grizzlies will eat up to a 100,000 berries a day!

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Wow! Surely that's too much of a good thing?

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When they've had enough of berries, there's more rich pickings on offer.

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Roots and tubers.

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But first a bit of digging is required.

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Mumma bear's showing Yogi how it's done.

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Now pay attention, Yogi, I'm only gonna show you this once!

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Ooh, look, she's found a root, it doesn't look too appetising

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but it's just like a potato and full of energy.

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Right, Yogi, you're turn!

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That's the way to do it.

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Good work.

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Hey, mum's spotted something even tastier,

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it's a ground squirrel.

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Where is it?

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Where'd it go?

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It's behind you!

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Tough luck, mum, it's back to the berries, roots and tubers then.

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At least they don't run away.

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But they've got no time to waste, it'll only be a few weeks before

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it gets too cold to stay outdoors.

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So, Yogi and his family have got to eat everything they can get

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their paws on, and quickly.

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This is their last chance to stock up before their long winter sleep.

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If they don't eat enough now, they just won't survive.

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So far, Rooney's feasted on bugs, grubs and even stinging ants,

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but has he got the guts to gobble up the next gourmet feast,

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the one with a seriously big sting in its tail!

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Dad's gonna show Rooney how to find one.

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Like all good meerkat food, it's gonna take a bit of digging.

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What's he doing down there?

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Maybe I should have a look.

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Wow! What is that thing?

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That, my furry friend, is a scorpion.

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Armed with a pair of pincers,

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an armour plated body and, scariest of all,

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a lethal sting in that whip-like tail, most animals steer well clear.

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Their venom is powerful enough to kill a child,

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you've been warned kids!

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But in the barren Kalahari,

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scorpions are a meaty feast, you've just gotta know how to handle them.

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And dad knows exactly what to do, ooh, and there he is, he's got it!

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Whoa! Where's he going with it?

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He needs to crunch through that lethal tail,

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fortunately, meerkats are immune to the worst of scorpion venom,

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but a sting can still be painful.

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He's done it, he's disarmed the tail!

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Now it's safe, it's Rooney's turn to practise handling a scorpion.

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But it's still got its pincers, so he's got to be careful.

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Hey look at him go, he's chewing on that tail!

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He's munching everything down,

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though obviously pincers aren't his favourite part!

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Well done, Rooney, you've successfully

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tackled your first scorpion.

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He's proved himself yet again,

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but he's got plenty more challenges ahead.

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Kumi and Mila are on a collision course with a gang of lions,

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this is really bad news, if they meet Kumi wouldn't stand a chance.

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What's gonna happen?

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Oh, look, they've spotted the lions.

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Run for your life, Kumi!

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Phew! Look at that, Kumi and Mila have escaped up a tree,

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but they're not out of the woods yet!

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This is terrifying, how's Kumi going to react?

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He's never encountered lions before.

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Luckily for him, these big cats aren't so good at climbing trees,

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so for now he and Mila are safe.

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Uh oh! The lion's calling in reinforcements.

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Kumi's looking scared.

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Should he make a dash for it, before the other lions get here?

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No, bad idea. Mila knows that they must hold tight,

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but Kumi isn't so experienced. If he loses his nerve

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he might try to jump.

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Don't do it, Kumi!

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Next time on Wild Tales...

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Can Kumi keep his nerve as the lions carry on their siege?

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The meerkat team face

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real danger as a deadly snake moves in on their territory...

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Will Rooney be brave enough to step into the front line?

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And will Yogi and his sister make it through their first long winter?

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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. Yogi, the grizzly bear cub, has to catch enough salmon to survive his first winter hibernation. Brave little meerkat Rooney has his first encounter with a scorpion. Kumi the cheeky leopard cub runs into a gang of lions.


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