Episode 4 Wild Tales


Episode 4

Children's wildlife documentary series. Kumi the cheeky leopard cub bumps into a buffalo. Yogi the grizzly bear cub gets into deep water.


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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 rollercoaster lives on Wild Tales.

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

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Yogi, our little bear cub,

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is about to wake from his first big winter sleep.

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Kumi, our cheeky leopard cub, has a scary encounter

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with his dangerous neighbours.

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And brave Rooney shows off his star qualities as he steps

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into the front line to fight off a lethal puff adder.

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But where do we start?

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Well, you're about to find out.

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First stop is Kenya's Masai Mara in East Africa.

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Last time we visited, Kumi and his mum Mila were on their way to

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a wildebeest kill and were ambushed by ferocious lions.

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They dashed for safety up a tree.

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We left them under siege knowing any attempt to climb down

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could end in a fatality.

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Next morning, and they've stayed up in the tree the whole night.

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They're safe up there, as, luckily, lions aren't very good at climbing.

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But if Kumi makes a wrong move now,

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there's a chance he could get killed.

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Lions just hate other big cats, especially leopards.

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They see them as unwelcome competition.

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Sit tight, Kumi!

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Uh-oh, he's looking very nervous.

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He's pacing up and down the branches checking out the lions below.

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Let's hope he's not looking for an escape route.

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Mila and Kumi are desperate to get down.

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They haven't had a drink all night.

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This is a real test of their patience.

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At last, the lions seem to be backing off.

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This could be a big chance to escape.

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But they've gotta be careful. The lions may not have gone far.

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Mum's leading the way. She's got to stay on her guard.

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Now Kumi's coming down. So far, so good.

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But they can't hang around here.

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The lions could be back at any moment.

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Travelling 1,000 miles south across Africa,

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our destination is the Kalahari desert and our meerkat Rooney.

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Like most deserts, it gets very cold at night.

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Now, as the sun rises, the whole team needs to warm up.

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For the adults, that means the usual sunbathing. But what's Rooney up to?

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He's found another way of keeping warm. It's playtime!

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Rooney and the pups love to muck about and they're not the only ones.

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Look, Dad's joining in too.

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There are arms, legs and tails everywhere. This is great fun.

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Where's Rooney gone?

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He must be stuck down that hole.

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Whoa! There he is! Wow!

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Let's see that again.

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But there's more to play than just fun and games.

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Meerkats are very social animals.

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Living in a big group means you have to have some order.

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By play-fighting, they work out who's strong and who's weak.

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And look at Rooney go.

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He's keen to climb up the ranks.

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Hopefully, he'll follow in Dad's footsteps

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and lead his own team.

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Now to the chillier climes

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of Alaska's Katmai National Park.

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SNORING

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Yogi and his family, have been snoozing

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away through the winter.

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It was the first proper hibernation for the two little cubs.

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But after one of the coldest winters ever,

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it's touch and go if Yogi and his sister will survive.

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WIND HOWLS

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There's Mama Bear.

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But what about the cubs?

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Have they made it?

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Oh, what a relief. There's Yogi.

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This is fantastic. He's survived his biggest test yet.

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But what about his sister?

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This isn't looking good.

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There's no sign of her.

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Oh, no, they're not hanging around.

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If she was alive, they would definitely have waited for her.

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This is really bad news.

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She must have died in hibernation.

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Starvation is one of the biggest killers in wintertime.

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Bears can lose up to half their weight during their long sleep.

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Little Sis didn't eat enough to keep her going for all that time.

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But at least we've got Yogi.

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He's got to make sure he does everything

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to give himself the best chance of making it through the next winter.

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As he gets bigger, he needs to pile on more pounds,

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so he's got to start eating.

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It's very early in the season,

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and there's not a lot of food, so Mama Bear's brought Yogi

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to the coast to teach him how to catch clams.

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It involves getting your nose dirty.

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With his amazing sense of smell, Yogi can sniff out the clams

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buried a foot below the surface of the sand.

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But he's gotta tread carefully.

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The clams can detect vibrations and

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will dive deeper into the sand if they feel a bear is coming.

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Just watch Mama.

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She's sniffing and being very quiet.

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Nothing there.

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Ah. She's sniffed one out.

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Bingo! One fresh clam.

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All you need to do now is prize it open.

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Clams are a source of protein,

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and Yogi's trying to find some of his own.

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His claws are good at shifting that wet sand.

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It looks like you've scared that one away.

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That's better. He's nabbed one!

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Thanks to Mama, he's learning a new way of finding food.

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If he doesn't want to end up the same way as his sister,

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he's got to find as much as he can right now.

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The lions seem to have gone, so it's finally clear for our leopards.

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They're both starving, so Mila's leading Kumi

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to the spot where she stashed away her latest kill, a wildebeest.

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But he'll have to find it.

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It's all part of his training to be a grown-up.

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Ooh, look. Kumi's sniffing around.

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That must be where the kill is stashed.

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Mila's watching on. She's got to let Kumi find the wildebeest by himself.

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Oh, look, he's got it!

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He's keen to get it out. Look at him struggling.

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It must be pretty heavy.

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Kumi's managed to pull it out and... Kumi, you've dropped your dinner!

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Never mind.

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Kumi was never one for table manners.

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Leopards are solitary cats, and so they tend to eat alone.

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Kumi needs to learn that.

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It means he gets a bigger portion.

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But he can't rely on Mum for all his meals.

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To become independent, he's got to fend for himself.

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First he's to discover what's

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on a leopard's menu other than wildebeest.

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Yogi and Mama have been

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tucking into clams and anything else they can get their paws on,

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but it's summer and time for Yogi to learn a new skill,

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fishing.

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Mama's taking Yogi to a spot where

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the salmon are literally jumping out of the water.

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But with so many fish about, it's very hard to concentrate.

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Yogi's gonna have to try a few

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clever fishing techniques if he wants a catch.

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First off, the belly flop.

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Mm, not so successful. Let's go upstream to some shallower water.

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The fish are nearer the surface, so should be easier to catch.

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Now, time to watch Mama, Yogi.

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She's showing him another technique, wading. What you've got to do is

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put your nose close to the water, look for the fish

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and then try to grab one between your paw and a rock.

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Got one. That's how you do it, Yogi.

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Mama Bear makes it look easy, but it takes a lot of skill.

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That's cheating, Yogi.

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Catch your own!

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Here he goes.

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First he's got to wrestle with the rapids.

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And then he's got to find some fish.

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It's touch and go.

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Wow! Nice one, Yogi. He's caught his first salmon!

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Now he's taking it so he can scoff it down and...

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Oh, no, quick, catch it, Yogi, don't let it get away.

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Slippery suckers, aren't they?

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Yes! He's got another.

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He's on a roll now.

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Learning to fish is a vital skill for Yogi to master,

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as soon he'll be on his own.

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So far, he's making good progress,

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but he's got lots more learning.

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After all that playing and mucking about, Rooney needs a break.

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Time for something more relaxing, like grooming.

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This is a good way of team bonding,

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but it's also a great way to keep everyone clean.

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They're removing ticks and parasites from each other.

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Look at Rooney.

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He's getting a lovely bath.

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But not everyone on the team can relax. For these meerkats,

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there's always someone on guard duty, looking out for danger.

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Uncle Bob's currently on the lookout.

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He's doing a good job so far, keeping up a nice loud chirp

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to let everyone know the coast is clear.

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HE CHIRPS

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He's been on duty since dawn and is a bit tired.

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Whoa, steady there, Bob! Whoops!

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As Bob makes his way back up,

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Rooney's come to check out what's going on.

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His hero, Uncle Bob, is having some trouble staying upright.

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Time for a change of guard.

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But climbing back down isn't that simple.

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Ow! Time for Auntie Mavis to take over.

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To Rooney, being on guard duty looks kind of intriguing.

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So he's keen to give it a try.

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That's it. You've got the right idea.

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Now you just gotta go a bit higher, like Auntie Mavis.

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Ooh, now even she's having a wobble.

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Maybe this guard-duty lark isn't for Rooney after all.

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Yogi and Mama are fishing

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and Yogi's really mastering his technique.

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After catching lots of salmon,

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he can at last take some time out.

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Grizzlies are intelligent and inquisitive,

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and Yogi's no exception.

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He's found a new toy -

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a makeshift seesaw made from driftwood.

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Right, enough fun and games, Yogi. Time to get back to business.

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At this time, grizzly bears have a special ability.

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They can eat as much as they like without ever feeling full.

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But eating for bears isn't about how many fish you can gobble down,

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it's about which bits you choose.

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The skin, brains and eggs are the most nutritious bits of all.

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And this is where bears get really clever.

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Yuck! Look at that. Yogi's learnt the quickest way

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to get at the best bits, the eggs, with a gentle squeeze.

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With that mastered,

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Mama Bear is keen to push on with more fishing lessons

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for Yogi, and they involve a bit of snorkelling and diving.

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Let's hope Yogi doesn't mind getting out of his depth!

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Kumi's really tucking in to Mila's latest catch, a wildebeest.

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But Mum can't look after Kumi forever.

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She'll want to start another family before long,

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and when she gets pregnant,

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she'll chase Kumi out of her territory.

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As the day draws to a close, Kumi's heading down to the river.

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To survive and become a successful adult leopard,

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he's got to master some key hunting skills.

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The leopard is the ultimate stalker,

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especially at night, under cover of darkness.

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Look how it creeps up on its prey,

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staying low to the ground so it doesn't get spotted.

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Then it moves into position, within striking distance.

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Now it's Kumi's turn.

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Two Egyptian geese have flown down to the river for a drink.

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This ain't gonna be easy.

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For a start, Kumi's got no cover, especially as it's still daylight and

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these birds could easily fly away.

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Look, he's trying a bit of stalking.

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This is really good practice. He's getting closer and closer.

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Oh, no, he's given the game away. The goose has spotted Kumi.

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You were never really gonna hide behind those tiny blades of grass.

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It was a long shot, but hey, at least he gave it a go.

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All good practice. But Kumi's still got plenty of learning to do.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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In the Kalahari, there's a change in the weather.

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It's the start of the rainy season.

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The meerkat team are making a beeline for the burrow.

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THUNDER CRACKS

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They're not too keen on getting wet.

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Stormclouds pass over Rooney's home for three weeks,

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bringing nearly 20cm of rain.

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But this stormy weather isn't all bad news.

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As the heaviest rains pass by, the Kalahari is springing to life -

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new grass, fresh flowers and lots of yummy creepy-crawlies.

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What a difference three weeks makes!

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And look at the difference it's made to Rooney. He's really grown.

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At seven-weeks-old, he's nearly as big as all the grown-ups.

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But he still hasn't yet acquired

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all the skills he'll need as an adult meerkat.

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After being cooped up,

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he's like a big kid and can't wait to explore.

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He's never seen flowers before.

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Rooney can really become part of the team.

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But has he got what it takes to prove himself in attack and defence?

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Yogi's mastered his fishing technique,

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and it's time for the next lesson.

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Mama Bear's taken Yogi far upstream to a massive lake,

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and she's gonna show him a brand-new way to catch fish, snorkelling.

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Peering underwater,

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Mama Bear can spot dead and injured fish and pick them off.

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Now Yogi's having a go.

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Ah, he's got one. That's just too easy!

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He's OK in the shallows, so now it's time for the advanced class.

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They go to deeper water,

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where the fish are much harder to get at.

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Mama Bear's showing Yogi how

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to dive for his dinner, but first she's gotta take a deep breath.

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That's amazing.

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She dived seven metres down to catch that -

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equal to a two-storey building.

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Yogi's bobbing about on the surface.

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It's his go now.

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He can see the fish.

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He's just gotta dive down.

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What's he doing?

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Looks like he hasn't quite worked out what to do this time.

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Learning to fish is really important for Yogi,

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as one day soon he'll be on his own.

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Since his exciting wild-goose chase, Kumi's been busy exploring.

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He's nearly fully grown, but he's still a youngster

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and needs to be careful of bumping into strangers,

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especially dangerous ones.

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And here are two at the top of the list.

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They're buffalo.

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Kumi's backing off, and just as well. Buffalo are big.

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They're almost eight times the size of Kumi, and they've got horns.

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In fact, they're one of the most dangerous mammals in Africa.

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Kumi seems really intrigued.

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Perhaps he's never seen buffalo before.

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But he's gotta be really careful.

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These guys will charge at him if they feel angry or threatened,

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and our curious leopard cub could even get trampled to death.

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One of them has gone up behind him on the bank.

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Kumi's not looking too comfortable any more.

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But these big guys don't give up easily.

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They've got good hearing...

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..sharp eyesight...

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..and a keen sense of smell.

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They know where he's hiding.

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Watch out, Kumi, they could be after you.

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Uh-oh, they're moving in.

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He's making a run for it!

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He seems to have escaped.

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But the buffalo are still close by.

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And there are plenty more dangers out there for young leopards.

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Be careful, Kumi.

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Thanks to the rains, the desert is bursting with life

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and there's plenty of food up for grabs.

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Look at Rooney go.

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He's famished, and those bugs don't stand a chance.

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But little does he know he's got a massive test ahead of him.

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Danger is approaching.

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It's probably the most deadly snake in Africa,

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responsible for more deaths than any other reptile.

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It's the puff adder.

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This is one snake you really don't want to bump into.

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It's aggressive

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and armed with lethal venom that can dissolve your blood and tissues.

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Rooney's encountered snakes before, first a mole snake.

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and then a cobra...

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..but nothing as dangerous as this big killer,

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and this time Rooney's big enough

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to be in the front line.

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It's dangerously close to where Rooney and the team are foraging.

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Auntie Mavis is on guard duty.

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She's spotted it. There's the alarm.

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Rooney recognizes that call: a snake's invaded.

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The team launch an attack.

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They've got to keep it out.

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This is Rooney's big chance to prove himself.

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He's stepping into the front line.

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Look at him go. He's leading the attack.

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Whoa! Just as well these guys have got lightning reactions,

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otherwise they wouldn't stand a chance.

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Phew, the snake seems to have got the message.

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It's backed off. Well done, Rooney! What a star player!

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He's just fought off the deadliest snake in Africa.

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Surely nothing can harm him now.

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Or can it?

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Next time on Wild Tales,

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how will clever Yogi get on when Momma Bear leaves him all alone?

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Has cheeky Kumi got what it takes to catch his own dinner?

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And will brave Rooney survive his deadliest encounter yet?

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Find out next time on Wild Tales.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media

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Children's wildlife documentary series. Kumi the cheeky leopard cub bumps into a buffalo. Yogi the grizzly bear cub gets into deep water. When a lethal puff adder invades the meerkat's territory, brave Rooney defends his family.


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