Episode 5 Wild Tales


Episode 5

Children's wildlife documentary series. Yogi the bear cub is distraught when his mother dies. Kumi the cheeky leopard cub gets a bit too close to some giraffes.


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The world is full of amazing animals.

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Tales of life and death happen daily.

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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.

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Here, on Wild Tales.

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

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Yogi, our clever grizzly bear, will soon have to face a future alone.

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Kumi, our cheeky leopard cub, is about to get into trouble again.

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And brave Rooney, the newest recruit to the meerkat team,

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is about to face his biggest challenge yet.

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But, where do we start?

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

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First stop is the Katmai National Park in Alaska.

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Last time we visited Yogi,

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his mum was teaching him all the skills needed to survive on his own.

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That was over a year-and-a-half ago.

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Now, Yogi's much bigger and hopefully bolder.

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He's done well to get this far,

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but now he's got a big challenge ahead of him.

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Like most bears of his age, he's all on his own.

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Grizzly mums look after their cubs for the first three years,

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but soon after that, the cubs are expected to go it alone.

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Up until today, Yogi's always had Momma Bear by his side,

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but now she's nowhere to be seen.

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This must be a really difficult time for poor Yogi.

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Hang on. Who's that? Is it Momma Bear?

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No, it's another mum and she's got two cubs.

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Yogi could do with some company. Maybe he could join this family.

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But this female's already got two big mouths to feed.

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She's not gonna take on another cub.

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Though that's not going to stop Yogi trying.

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They're checking each other out. Careful, Yogi!

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Thank goodness, Yogi's backing off.

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With two cubs to protect, this female could get nasty,

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especially if Yogi gets too close.

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Yikes, Yogi's got to make a run for it.

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He's obviously not wanted round here.

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Poor Yogi. He must be feeling pretty lonely.

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He's been looking for Momma Bear, but she's definitely left him.

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She's gone off to start a new family.

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Now that Yogi's nearing his fourth birthday,

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Momma Bear's job of raising him is done.

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She's taught him everything he needs to know.

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He just needs to learn one final lesson -

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how to live alone, like all other big bears.

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It's a tough lesson, but let's hope he's up to the job.

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Our next destination is 10,000 miles away in Africa's Kalahari Desert.

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And when we last visited the meerkats, Rooney showed his mettle

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as he led the team to victory against a lethal puff adder.

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Today, it's another big test for Meerkats United.

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They've gobbled up all the tasty bugs and grubs on offer in this patch.

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For Mum and Dad, the solution is to up sticks

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and move the whole team to a new home.

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This is an exciting time for Rooney. He's never moved house before

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and this is his first trip into pastures new.

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But he's gotta be careful.

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Moving to a new home ground brings with it the risk of the unknown.

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The team are looking tense.

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Uh-oh! Here's trouble!

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Rooney's never seen one of these before.

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It's a rock monitor lizard, and it's massive.

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Over a metre long and built like a dinosaur.

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Steer clear, Rooney,

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this guy can give a nasty bite and pack a punch with that heavy tail.

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It's quite capable of devouring a litter of young meerkats

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deep in a burrow.

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But this one just wants to avoid being hassled.

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This is what happens when you move from the safety of your home ground.

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You bump into scary strangers.

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Look, brave Rooney's holding his ground,

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and the rest of the gang are backing him up.

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They've done it. The lizard's backing off.

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He's retreating underground.

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And now, our super-brave Rooney is making sure the lizard

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stays in his hole.

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Well done, Rooney! Another well-earned victory!

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Up to now our star player has been winning every time.

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But out here, your luck can change in an instant.

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Travelling north, we're back in Kenya's Masai Mara.

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Last time we saw Kumi

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he was hanging around with Mum, relying on her for his every meal.

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A year has passed and look at Kumi now.

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He's larger, but he's still a mummy's boy.

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At two-and-a-half years old, it's high time Kumi

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started showing some signs of looking after himself.

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He can't stay with Mum forever.

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As soon as she meets another male, he'll be chased away.

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Oh, what's he doing?!

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Ah, he's marking that bush with his scent.

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Now, this is a really big step for Kumi.

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It's a real sign that he's growing up.

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By spraying the bush with his urine,

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he's sending a message to other leopards -

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"This is my patch. Keep out!"

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He's trying to establish his own territory.

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But if he really wants to survive on his own,

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he's got to start hunting for himself.

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And it looks as though he's spotted something.

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Oh, no! He can't be going for those giraffe?

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Kumi's got no hope of catching those guys.

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They're way too big for any leopard.

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But that's not gonna stop Kumi. He's still just a big kitten

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and it looks like he'll chase anything that moves.

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The giraffe don't look too bothered.

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No point in trying to hide. They can see you!

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Kumi's realised that these guys are a bit out of his league!

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It's a good start, but goodness knows what he'll be up to next!

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Yogi's still getting used to life on his own.

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But it's all part of growing up.

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Hey, look! Another youngster is headed over his way.

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How exciting! A bit of company at last.

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Yogi can't wait to meet him.

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Grizzlies lead solitary lives once they leave their families,

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but single bears do get together to test their strength.

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Yogi and the other youngster are having a play-fight.

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This is a great way for them to build up their muscles.

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And it's all good practice

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for when they're older, with territories to defend.

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But Yogi can't spend too much time hanging out with other bears.

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He needs to get back to the day-to-day business

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of looking after himself...

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..starting with finding his next meal.

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It's the time of year that Yogi loves best -

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summer, when the salmon begin their migration.

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Thanks to Momma Bear, Yogi's had plenty of fishing lessons.

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But will he be able to catch any fish now that he's on his own?

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For the meerkats, moving house is full of dangers.

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Although they've arrived at their new home,

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they've still got to be on their guard.

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The team usually take over left-over burrows, dug up by ground squirrels.

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But they've gotta be really careful

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as some holes can also be home to deadly snakes.

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But right now, the meerkat team aren't worrying about hidden dangers.

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They're too excited about all the bugs and grubs on offer.

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Rooney's now eight weeks' old,

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and is getting really good at digging up desert delicacies,

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especially scorpions!

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Hang on...

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The meerkat on guard duty isn't chirping. The team are in danger.

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THEY CHIRP

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And now he's signalling the bird alarm.

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THEY CHIRP

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It's a goshawk!

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The team are scarpering. Rooney knows he's got to dive for cover,

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but where's he gonna go?

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He's found a hole. He's first down.

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What was that?!

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The goshawk has gone. The team can come back out now.

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Oh, no, look at Rooney. He's limping.

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This is really serious. He's got a nasty scratch on his shoulder.

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If that's a snake bite, then he could be in real trouble.

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ROONEY WHIMPERS

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It's the end of August. The salmon have reached their peak.

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Yogi seems to be doing OK so far,

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but he's got a lot more eating to do.

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As he grows bigger and bigger, he needs to eat more than ever before,

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otherwise he won't make it through the winter.

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This first year after leaving Mum is the most dangerous for Yogi.

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One in three bears will die.

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Either they don't eat enough or they get killed by bigger bears.

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Yogi's checking for the best fishing spot.

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But all those fish have attracted lots of bigger bears too,

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so he's got to be careful.

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Yogi's looking a little intimidated by all those other bears.

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He's going for it, though.

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Oh, missed it!

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He's trying again. Look at him go. He's full of beans.

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He's caught something.

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But he doesn't want anyone else to see,

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in case they grab it off him.

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Whoa! That's not a salmon.

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It's a flounder. Better than nothing, I guess.

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Uh-oh, here comes another bear.

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Watch out, Yogi.

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Oh, no, he's dropped his fish.

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And look! The other bear's stolen it.

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Poor Yogi. He's got to learn to hold onto his catch, cos if he doesn't,

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there's no way he'll survive through the next winter.

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Has Rooney's luck finally run out? It looks like he has a snake-bike

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and the venom's pumping through his body and sapping all his strength.

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He's in a bad way. He's struggling to keep up with the others

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as they go back on the hunt for food.

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Come on, Rooney! It's not safe out here.

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The goshawk could still be nearby.

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Oh, look at that. Thank goodness!

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He's made it back to the burrow, and just in time.

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He's too weak to move a muscle.

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He's only just clinging onto life.

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The venom's knocked him for six. Is he gonna make it?

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The rest of the gang are finally returning to the burrow.

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They can sense something's wrong.

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Poor little Rooney - he's not looking good.

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But if he can get enough rest, he might just stand a chance.

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After Kumi's ridiculous attempt at stalking giraffes,

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his mum, Mila, is off to do some proper hunting.

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She'll show him how it's done.

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There she is, hiding in a bush next to the river crossing.

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And this is what she's waiting for - Thomson's Gazelle.

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And they're running right in front of her. She's going for it.

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Ooh! The gazelle went right into that rock!

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Mila's jumped into the water after it.

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Wow! She's done it. What a catch!

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Yes, she's got it!

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That's dinner sorted.

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So where's Kumi?

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Uh-oh, he's getting himself into trouble again.

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He's heading straight for a crocodile.

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And it's a big croc.

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Easy does it, Kumi. He must have picked up its scent.

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He's being more careful now.

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Oh, no, he's getting too curious for his own good.

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He's walking straight up to it and sniffing it.

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This monster croc could snap Kumi in half!

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Phew. What a relief. He's backing off.

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That was a close shave,

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but hopefully Kumi's learnt not to mess with crocodiles.

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If Kumi is to survive as an adult, he's got to knuckle down

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and start doing some proper hunting for himself.

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Yogi wasn't having too much luck with fishing last time we saw him,

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but after practising, he's going to brave the best fishing grounds...

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..the falls.

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The salmon are literally leaping into the bear's mouths.

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But to get the best fishing spot, you need to be big.

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And this place is full of big bears,

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who aren't afraid of getting into a scrap to protect the best spots.

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Uh-oh, Yogi's trying to muscle in on the biggest bear here.

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Yikes! If he doesn't back down, he'll get ripped to pieces.

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Phew, he's got the message.

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Now the big guy's taking up his position.

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Yogi could still get lucky, but he has to be patient.

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Oh, the big guy's caught one.

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And now, number two got one as well.

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At last, Yogi's got the top of the falls all to himself. Fantastic!

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But is he gonna catch anything?

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Yes! And it's a whopper!

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Yogi's really proved himself.

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He's not even four and look at him -

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he's catching fish with the best of them.

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With these fishing skills, he'll be able to pile on the pounds

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and make it through his first winter alone.

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And in a few years' time, who knows?

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He could grow enough to command his own territory and be a daddy bear!

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Kumi's starting to show signs of independence,

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but if he wants to survive on his own,

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he's got to start catching his own prey.

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After many failed attempts during the day,

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he's going to wait for darkness to fall.

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For leopards, this is THE best time to go hunting.

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QUIET HOWL

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Kumi notices a noise in the canopy.

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It's baboons.

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The last time he encountered these monkeys, he feared for his life.

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But now that he's bigger, the baboons should be fearful.

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Leopards will eat almost anything they can get their claws on,

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even baboons.

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Kumi's going on the attack.

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Thanks to all his training from Mum, he's a master tree climber.

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He knows they've heard him.

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But Kumi's got the upper hand.

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A leopard's night vision is seven times better than a baboon's.

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Like us, these monkeys can see little at all in the darkness.

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Kumi's going for it!

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BABOONS CHATTER

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BABOON SQUEALS

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He's caught one! This is incredible!

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Kumi's made his first kill.

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And at last he's proved that he can look after himself.

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CHEWING

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It's been two days since Rooney's fateful encounter with a snake.

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While the rest of the team are foraging nearby,

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Rooney's mustering all his strength to pull through.

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Meerkats have some immunity to a snake bite,

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but it's not always enough.

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They can still die.

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But as long as Rooney can hold on,

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his chances of survival are good,

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and right now he's doing really well.

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Oh, look! This is amazing.

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He's waking up. What a fighter!

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Against all the odds, brave little Rooney has pulled through!

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The worst is clearly over.

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Through thick and thin,

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this little meerkat has certainly proved himself as a star player.

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And if he carries on his winning streak,

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he could be leading his own team one day.

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Our Wild Tales have almost come to an end...

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Looking at our stars now,

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it's easy to forget how much they have all gone through.

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It's been a rocky ride from the start.

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The moment they were born, they were facing a whole new exciting world.

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At just a few days old,

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Rooney was taking his first steps outside the burrow.

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Soon after emerging from his den, Yogi was climbing trees.

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And at just three-months-old, Kumi was struggling up a river bank.

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Growing up wild is never easy

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and our stars have certainly had their fair share of drama.

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From whitewater rafting...

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To outwitting dangerous baboons...

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And standing up to a deadly cobra.

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But they've have also had a great time.

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Thanks to support from their families,

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they've learnt the lessons needed to survive.

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From tackling scorpions... to fishing bear-style.

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And learning where to hide from a gang of angry lions.

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Each of our heroes has proved themselves.

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Rooney has battled against snakes and giant lizards.

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He's even survived a lethal bite.

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This brave little fighter has earned his place

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as a star player on the meerkat team.

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Yogi is now a master at finding his own food,

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whether it's by beachcombing, fishing or berry-picking.

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At last, this clever bear is finally able to look after himself.

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And Kumi has honed his tree-climbing and stalking skills,

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so it won't be long before he's on his own.

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But right now, he's still a mummy's boy!

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Growing up can be really tough, but Rooney...

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Yogi...and Kumi have all made it through the most challenging years.

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They've proved they can take on anything that's thrown their way.

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There will be more challenges for all of them in the future,

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but for now it's time to leave them. After all, the world's a big place.

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There'll always be more Wild Tales happening somewhere, every day.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Children's wildlife documentary series. Yogi the bear cub is distraught when his mother dies. Kumi the cheeky leopard cub gets a bit too close to some giraffes and then a crocodile. Rooney struggles to survive after receving a poisonous snake bite.


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