Santino & Shelley Nature's Miracle Orphans


Santino & Shelley

Documentary. An orphaned baby monkey must find his place in a troop, and a cheetah must learn to hunt so that she can be released back into the wild.


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The first years of a young animal's life are the most crucial.

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So, if they grow up without their mothers,

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these animals are going to need help.

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Good morning, hello, darling.

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We're going to meet baby animals whose only hope of survival

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lies with some very dedicated people...

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What a clever girl.

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..and find out what it takes to get them back into the wild.

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This is about salvation for some little guys

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who've been through hell, who've been through trauma,

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who deserve a second chance.

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Hey, dude. Ahh.

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'I'm biologist Patrick Aryee and I'm in Central America,'

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home to exotic and rare wildlife.

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'Here, I'll be visiting centres where the wildlife

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'gets incredible specialist care.'

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That is remarkable.

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'And I'm zoologist Lucy Cooke'

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and I'm in Southern Africa,

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home to some of the most iconic animals in the world.

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'I'll be helping out at rescue centres

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'devoted to rehabilitation and release.'

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You're going to become a wild cheetah one day, aren't you,

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if you carry on being this good?

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MONKEY COOS

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'In this programme, I'm meeting Santino,

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'an orphaned howler monkey...'

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-You going to jump off?

-Muy bien.

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'..who must find his place in a troop...'

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I've got myself a little friend already.

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'..to stand a chance of making it back to his jungle home.'

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Oh, she's up straightaway.

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'And I'll be helping Shelley the cheetah

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'learn to hunt at high speed...'

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She's like an athlete scoping the course before the big race

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'..so she can be released into the wild.'

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Join us as we follow these miracle orphans...

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..through their most crucial moments.

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..on their long journeys back to the wild.

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Costa Rica in Central America lies between the Pacific Ocean

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and the Caribbean Sea.

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The interior is covered in rich jungles,

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bustling with exotic species of wildlife.

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I've come to the Caribbean coast,

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where rainforest meets white sand beaches.

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It attracts surfers and holiday-makers

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from across the globe, but even here in paradise,

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some of Costa Rica's

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most iconic animals still need help.

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This is Santino, an orphaned baby howler monkey.

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They get their name from having one of the loudest calls

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in the animal kingdom...

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SANTINO COOS SOFTLY ..when they're fully grown that is.

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Santino is being cared for at the Jaguar Rescue Center

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Named after the rare big cat, this wildlife project

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cares for around 180 injured mammals, reptiles and birds.

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In charge of Santino's rehabilitation,

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is dedicated Costa Rican Dexter Miller.

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He spent the last five years providing specialist care

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to orphaned monkeys.

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'The feeling is that we help them to have'

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that chance to go back out into the wild

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and live as wildlife.

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-Hey, Dexter.

-Hey, man, how are you, Patrick?

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How you doing, you all right? I'm good.

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Where was Santino found before he came to the centre?

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He came here to the Jaguar Rescue Center last December.

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Santino was found with some kids, they had him as a pet.

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When he was about a week old,

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maybe a couple days old... Yeah, he was really...

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-So, he must have been tiny.

-Tiny little guy, yeah.

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Just with the eyes, a tiny bit open.

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It's not known what happened to Santino's mum.

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It was a very big challenge because normally whenever they come in

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as such a small baby, a very small percentage of them would survive.

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They get sick very quickly, you know, their immune system

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is not that strong.

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'But after seven months of intensive care,

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'Santino is now ready to begin his journey back to the wild.'

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What's the next step for him?

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The next step for Santino is to start to learn

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to become an independent little boy.

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Start growing up and climbing on trees

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and moving around with other monkeys,

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learning to be in the jungle.

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So, it's like he's kind of graduating to high school...

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-Right, exactly.

-..and you're going to help him, you know,

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in his first couple of days or weeks to be a monkey.

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-Exactly.

-SANTINO COOS

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'The most important skill for any monkey to master is climbing.'

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Now, just watch Santino...jumping and balancing.

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Now, just in the same way that human babies need to learn

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how to walk, Santino here needs to learn how to climb.

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Now, you wouldn't really think that of monkeys,

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you would've thought they'd be able to do this naturally,

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but they have to learn, they have to learn their limits,

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test out their bodies and find out what they can do.

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You going to jump off?

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Muy bien.

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If you watch him carefully, everything that he does,

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every move he makes, look at that tail,

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it's always wrapped around something,

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either around Dexter's hand or around one of the branches

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and that is really important for howler monkeys.

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It acts as a fifth limb, it allows him to hang from the branches

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and either play or search for fruit.

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Hello, hello, you going to jump on me? Hey-hey-hey. Watch him jump.

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Look at his tail wrapped round my neck, whilst he's stretching out,

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he's testing his limits. And that tail, look, perfect example.

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It acts as a balancing aid, but also acts like a safety rope.

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Santino, corre.

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And it's really incredible to think that Santino's just at the start

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of his journey and with any luck,

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he's going to be released into the wild...

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MONKEYS HOWL LOUDLY

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..doing exactly what those wild howler monkeys are doing.

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HOWLER MONKEY HOWLS

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'This wild troop lives in the jungle around the centre

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'and their calls keep rival troops off their patch.'

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I can see one over there.

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HOWLER MONKEYS HOWL LOUDLY

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It's really funny that really loud noise

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comes from such a small monkey,

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but the key to the way they make that sound...

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HOWLER MONKEYS HOWL LOUDLY

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..comes from a very special bone in their voice box

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and that allows them to make a really deep sounding howl,

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but also one that resonates at really low frequency,

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so it travels really long distances, up to three miles.

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HOWLER MONKEY HOWLS

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'If Santino is going to survive when he's released,

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'he must become part of a troop like this one.

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'These tight-knit families offer knowledge and protection.

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'But first, orphan and hand-raised,

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'Santino needs to learn how to interact with other monkeys.'

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Check out Maky.

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Hola, Maky?

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Dexter hopes this pair of rescued adults

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could be a gentle introduction.

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The reason why they're so good with babies is Maky's totally blind.

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He's very gentle.

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His attitude or behaviour or personality

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mainly is being very gentle with the babies.

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And Leggings, she's really good with babies because she was a mum.

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She's a completely wild monkey that came here to the centre

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about almost a year ago.

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And then one of the trees that they jump on, a branch,

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it break down and she fall down.

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Leggings had her leg broken in three pieces.

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We managed to be able to do a surgery for her,

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but it got infected, so we had to amputate her leg.

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At the moment that she fall, she had a baby with her,

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the baby got all the impact when it fall and the baby died.

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The pair can't survive on their own, but they play an important role

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helping babies like Santino on their journey back to the wild.

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This is the first time Santino will have met fully-grown howler monkeys.

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Adults are territorial and there is a risk they may not accept him.

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MONKEYS COO

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See, that little noise right there, that was interaction noise.

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That was talking to each other, saying hello.

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Maky.

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If Maky would be more territorial or didn't like Santino,

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he would be pushing him away or attacking him,

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which mean he would be biting him most of the times.

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But Santino has to learn that in a troop,

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he needs to know his place and wait his turn,

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especially when it comes to food.

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SANTINO COOS

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You see that little move right there?

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Maky is the alpha male right now inside here.

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So, the little baby has to know how to approach his food as well.

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He has to know when to approach him and when he finished eating,

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they can go and eat.

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Santino doesn't want to get on the wrong side of alpha male Maky.

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HE CALLS OUT TO MONKEY

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Aqui. Subete.

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Primates have complex relationships and like us,

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they make bitter enemies...

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MONKEYS COO

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..but also form friendships.

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-It's a happy noise.

-MONKEYS COO

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Maky is welcoming Santino.

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This is the first time that they've been together,

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first time that they have had so much contact with each other.

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Santino, he needs to learn how to interact with other monkeys

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to learn different little noises,

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to get accepted by other monkeys in the wild,

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and just start a wild life in the best and safest way.

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Santino's first contact with adult howlers has been a success.

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Look at him, hanging around, looking happy today.

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They've given Santino the confidence to move to the next challenge.

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Santini.

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Dexter's going to introduce him to the centre's big troop.

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They're an unconventional mix of different species,

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all rescued, but they're much wilder than Maky and Leggings.

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They're very big and powerful, they're teenagers,

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so they play very rough.

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These monkeys will teach Santino how to be a part

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of a fully functioning troop,

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but as the youngest and smallest,

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Dexter's not sure if Santino will be able to hold his own.

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Over 7,500 miles to the east, I'm in Africa.

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The southern tip

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of this vast continent

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is home to dramatic scenery,

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populated by the planet's most recognisable beasts.

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But as humans encroach into these wild spaces,

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some of these animals are being pushed to the edge of existence.

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Now I'm in South Africa to meet the world's fastest land animal

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and the people that are working hard

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to ensure its future is filled with hope.

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'Cheetahs are the most endangered big cat in all of Africa.

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'I've come to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or HESC'

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'to meet Christo Schreiber.'

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He's passionate about saving cheetahs

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and runs a project breeding them for reintroduction to the wild.

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Cheetahs, in general, are quite a fragile species.

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If cheetahs were one day to be wiped off the face of the earth,

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that would be the greatest shame it could ever be.

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And that's why it's our goal to make sure it doesn't happen.

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Wow.

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Look at that, getting chased by cheetahs.

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Come on, keep up.

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'In this 40 hectare park,

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'Christo cares for 78 cheetahs.'

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Kom, Mick, kom.

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'Many of the older cheetahs were hand-raised,

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'so they're used to human contact, but now the experts here believe

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'it's better to leave the babies with their mums.'

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The cubs are just a bit hesitant, because they're not too used

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to people, because they're parent-raised,

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-so it's going to take them some while just to get comfortable.

-OK.

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So, how old are these guys?

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These ones are about two months old now.

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They're quite nervous, aren't they? They're nervous of us.

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So, that's that natural instinct, once again,

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anything that's strange is a threat at this young age.

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'Cubs are vulnerable to predators like lions and hyenas,

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'From the moment they're born, it's a fight for survival.'

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Even when they call their mother, it sounds like a bird chirping

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and it's just to avoid any attention drawn to them by bigger predators.

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So that it doesn't sound like a baby cub, yeah.

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'It's not just the way they communicate that keeps them safe.'

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CUBS TWEET

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So, that silver hair they've got on their back,

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that will fall off eventually.

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Now, the theory behind that is to mimic a honey badger.

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Oh, really?!

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Because most predators and animals are afraid of honey badgers

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just because they're so tough, so if they run in the grass,

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you'll just see that white patch on their back

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and in theory that would mimic a honey badger.

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Honey badgers are no bigger than a small dog

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but make it into the record books as the world's most fearless animal.

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Even lions have been known to give them a wide berth.

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I love the fact that that adaptation

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that makes them look so cute to us, actually makes them look really hard

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and dangerous to other animals.

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-And everything's got a purpose.

-Yeah.

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But no adaptation can save cheetahs from their biggest threat...

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..humans.

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At the end of the last century, there were 100,000 cheetahs.

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They thrived on the African plains,

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but as wild grassland has been turned into farmland,

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all of Africa's predators have been squeezed into smaller spaces

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and become easy targets for poachers.

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Cheetahs also can't compete with larger hunters like lions and hyenas

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for food, so their numbers have crashed by 90%.

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Most cubs never make it to their second birthday.

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It's why this breeding project is so important.

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-SHE WHISPERS:

-Oh, there she is. Wow!

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I've come to meet Shelley, Christo's biggest hope for the future -

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a female cheetah who could soon be released back to the wild.

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So, this is Shelley.

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Wow! She's so beautiful!

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-How old is she?

-She's now three years old.

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Three years old? So, in cheetah years that's what?

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Well, she's on the borderline of fully mature and still teenager.

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-OK, she's a sort of young adolescent.

-Young adolescent, yeah.

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SHE PURRS

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'Shelley was hand-raised after being rejected by her mum.

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'Her bond with Christo is very strong.'

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She's a lot more placid than I thought she'd be.

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I didn't think I'd be able to get this close to her.

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At the end of the day, it's still a wild animal

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and even though you can take them from the wild,

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you'll never be able to take the wild from them.

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I think people sometimes forget

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that you still need to respect that wildness in them.

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-And what are your hopes for Shelley?

-Well, for Shelley,

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my hopes would be that she returns back to the wild where she belongs.

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'But before Shelley can be released,

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'she has one very important skill to master...

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'hunting.'

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Seeing Shelley so relaxed like this around me,

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it's easy to forget that she's got wild instincts.

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But Christo assures me she definitely has

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and he's got quite a fun way to demonstrate that behaviour.

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So, what have you got in there?

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A few footballs for Shelley.

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A-ha.

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-She likes a game of football, does she?

-She does.

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I'm guessing that it's not a very long game.

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-No, the ball doesn't last that long.

-SHE LAUGHS

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As soon as she sees us fiddling around here,

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she'll come and investigate.

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She looks like she couldn't be more relaxed, so let's see whether...

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..she fancies a game of football.

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Oh, she's up, straightaway. Oh, my word!

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'Play in predators is an important way to develop hunting skills.'

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She's definitely interested in it.

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Trying to figure out why it's not moving.

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She sort of whacked it, got it down as if it was her prey

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-and now she's trying to work out how to suffocate it.

-Yeah.

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Can't seem to find a neck.

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Looks like fun, doesn't it, throwing a football to a cheetah,

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but why is this important?

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Well, you can see as the ball was running down,

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she immediately started swiping at it.

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Cheetahs have a unique hunting strategy.

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To avoid competition with the other big cats that stalk at night,

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they hunt almost exclusively during the day.

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Their prey can see them coming, so it's a flat-out race,

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only the fastest will survive.

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She instinctively knows if she wants to grab it,

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-she needs to use her dewclaw to...

-Right.

-..get hold of it.

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The dewclaw is a cheetahs secret weapon.

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They don't have brute strength,

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so they snag running prey to execute a perfectly-timed trip.

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So, that's her tool, tool of the trade.

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And then she goes in, locks them down and goes for the jugular.

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Goes for the jugular, yeah.

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Ooh!

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'In the wild, it takes a young cheetah over a year

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'watching their mum to master the timing and precision

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'of a high-speed hunt.'

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So, you can see that Shelley's got all the right instincts,

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but she's going to need to hunt more than just footballs

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if she's going to survive in the wild.

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To hone Shelley's hunting skills,

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Christo is designing a challenge to test her speed and acceleration.

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It will be the most important indication yet

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of whether she's on course to be released.

0:19:450:19:47

Costa Rica is in the tropics and the wet season is just starting.

0:19:530:19:58

But rain or shine, work at the centre must continue.

0:20:140:20:18

With all this rain, Santino has started feeling under the weather.

0:20:210:20:26

We think he have a cold.

0:20:290:20:31

In some ways, it's really good for him to start exploring

0:20:330:20:36

and getting a little bit wet.

0:20:360:20:37

In the jungle, it's going to rain on him all the time.

0:20:370:20:40

They don't really like the rain, known of the howler monkeys,

0:20:400:20:44

they don't like the rain, they just try to hide as much as they can.

0:20:440:20:48

SANTINO MURMURS

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Even a common cold in a monkey as young as Santino,

0:20:530:20:56

who may have a weak immune system, could turn serious.

0:20:560:21:00

Dexter is taking Santino for a checkup with the centre's vet,

0:21:040:21:07

Fernando Alegre.

0:21:070:21:09

SANTINO SNEEZES

0:21:100:21:12

-I will try to listen to his lungs.

-OK.

0:21:140:21:17

I hope he will be calm with you and he will not notice.

0:21:170:21:20

Santini.

0:21:220:21:24

Like most youngsters, Santino doesn't like visiting the doctor.

0:21:260:21:30

SANTINO CHATTERS SOFTLY

0:21:300:21:32

SANTINO CHATTERS ANIMATEDLY

0:21:320:21:35

Right now a little bit scared, a little bit nervous.

0:21:370:21:42

So just trying to calm him down a bit now.

0:21:420:21:44

Me, in particular, that I always go with injections,

0:21:440:21:46

so they all hate me, the babies!

0:21:460:21:48

In nature, it's different, but...

0:21:480:21:50

It's important Santino takes his medicine.

0:21:500:21:53

That's it. You know he hates us, he hates that.

0:21:550:21:58

-HE CHATTERS ANXIOUSLY

-I know that you don't like it.

0:21:580:22:00

IN SPANISH:

0:22:000:22:01

This medicine was like a syrup for the lungs

0:22:030:22:05

and the coughing, to improve it.

0:22:050:22:07

It's OK. He's not even in pain or anything,

0:22:080:22:10

he's just complaining about whatever we do.

0:22:100:22:13

In addition to cough medicine...

0:22:130:22:15

HE CHATTERS ..Fernando has prescribed rest.

0:22:150:22:18

While Santino takes some quiet time to recover,

0:22:260:22:29

'I'm taking the opportunity to meet the troop

0:22:290:22:32

'that could soon be his new family.'

0:22:320:22:34

I've heard, however, that things can get a little bit hectic

0:22:350:22:38

inside this enclosure, so I'm going in with some treats

0:22:380:22:42

to try and keep them happy and occupied.

0:22:420:22:44

'Dexter's been preparing some natural snacks,

0:22:480:22:51

'not only to feed the monkeys but also to develop

0:22:510:22:54

'problem-solving skills for their return to the wild.'

0:22:540:22:57

Now, we're going to tie this up.

0:22:570:22:58

So, what we're going to try to do is make this big box

0:22:580:23:01

of a lot of candy, pretty much.

0:23:010:23:02

So, it will make their imagination go further.

0:23:020:23:06

'We've sealed the treats in a box,

0:23:060:23:08

'so the monkeys first challenge will be breaking in.'

0:23:080:23:11

Let's go meet the monkeys.

0:23:110:23:12

Welcome to the monkey home.

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This is where all the craziness happens, right here.

0:23:200:23:23

Hello! I've got myself a little friend already.

0:23:290:23:33

'All of the rescued monkeys in this troop

0:23:330:23:35

'are recovering from a traumatic start in life.

0:23:350:23:38

'In the wild, different species wouldn't normally mix

0:23:390:23:42

'but here they pull together to form a troop similar to any other.

0:23:420:23:46

'They're so inquisitive...

0:23:480:23:51

'and really social.

0:23:510:23:52

'And they're soon working together to get the treats.'

0:23:540:23:57

It's exactly what you might expect to see, you know, out in the wild.

0:23:590:24:05

They've got to forage for food,

0:24:050:24:07

they've got to know their place with the other monkeys.

0:24:070:24:10

Again, like learning different social dynamics.

0:24:100:24:13

'Santino's biggest challenge will be finding his place

0:24:130:24:16

'in the complicated hierarchy.'

0:24:160:24:18

Now, one of the spider monkeys has found one of our stuffed bananas.

0:24:180:24:22

This is Nerea.

0:24:220:24:23

Nerea is the biggest spider monkey we have here in the centre.

0:24:230:24:26

Pretty much full grown right now, as you can see

0:24:260:24:28

and a really, really clever monkey and very smart as well.

0:24:280:24:31

'Nerea is the troop's alpha monkey.

0:24:310:24:34

'In the wild, an alpha protects and rules over the others.

0:24:340:24:38

'In many species, it's the strongest male

0:24:380:24:41

'but in this unusual troop, female Nerea has taken on the role.'

0:24:410:24:46

There's no other big monkeys, no alpha males around here

0:24:460:24:48

that control her, so she's the one that makes sure

0:24:480:24:52

she gets the first share.

0:24:520:24:54

'Next in the hierarchy are the white-faced capuchins.

0:24:550:24:59

'They have one of the largest brains relative to their size

0:24:590:25:02

'of any monkey.

0:25:020:25:03

'In the wild, they use their intelligence to hunt insects

0:25:030:25:06

'and even small mammals.'

0:25:060:25:08

Hey!

0:25:080:25:09

Ah! Don't put your fingers in my mouth! No!

0:25:090:25:12

'At the bottom of the pecking order are the howler monkeys,

0:25:120:25:16

'like Santino.

0:25:160:25:18

'These gentle leaf-eaters have a low-energy diet

0:25:180:25:21

'and live life at a slower pace.

0:25:210:25:23

'But they could be Santino's greatest allies.

0:25:250:25:28

'Whatever the species, it's important to keep them stimulated

0:25:310:25:35

'and we have a special treat in store.'

0:25:350:25:37

You know, it's this curiosity that makes monkeys so intelligent.

0:25:470:25:51

They always want to find out what's going on

0:25:510:25:53

and that allows them to learn.

0:25:530:25:54

Aww! Look at that!

0:26:110:26:14

They're so curious, just like children.

0:26:170:26:19

There you go.

0:26:320:26:34

HE LAUGHS

0:26:360:26:37

This is a really inquisitive and boisterous troop

0:26:370:26:41

and they are going to be Santino's new family.

0:26:410:26:44

And just like any family, they're going to have their ups,

0:26:440:26:46

they're going to have their downs

0:26:460:26:47

but ultimately, they look out for each other

0:26:470:26:50

and that's exactly what they're going to do for Santino.

0:26:500:26:52

Little Santino will need to be feeling 100%

0:26:540:26:57

before he can hold his own in the troop.

0:26:570:27:00

But thankfully, he's in the right place

0:27:000:27:02

being given incredible specialist care.

0:27:020:27:05

In a few days, he should be strong again.

0:27:050:27:08

Almost every day, animals in need of help arrive at the centre.

0:27:100:27:14

This morning, a very unexpected patient has been brought in

0:27:180:27:22

by the coastguard.

0:27:220:27:24

This is a green sea turtle, a male, that just came in -

0:27:250:27:29

harpooned by some hunters.

0:27:290:27:32

This is the first time a green turtle has ever arrived

0:27:330:27:37

at the centre.

0:27:370:27:38

But by chance, Fernando's an expert in caring for them.

0:27:420:27:46

For many years before coming here, it was my former job.

0:27:460:27:49

I've been working with sea turtles many years.

0:27:490:27:51

Green turtles are hunted for their meat

0:27:530:27:56

and this one was tied up in the boot of a poacher's car.

0:27:560:27:59

They did these knots on the flippers not to allow the movement.

0:28:020:28:06

They want them alive for a while until they kill them.

0:28:070:28:09

Fortunately, the police and the coastguards got them in time

0:28:090:28:14

and brought here.

0:28:140:28:15

But it's suffered a potentially fatal injury from a harpoon.

0:28:160:28:20

The wound is pretty deep in this direction

0:28:210:28:24

and the lungs, they are over the animal.

0:28:240:28:27

Now, I am waiting a minute for him to breathe

0:28:270:28:30

and see if there could be perforation through the lungs.

0:28:300:28:34

Feel him very, very weak...

0:28:350:28:37

very weak.

0:28:370:28:39

For now, the turtle must stay at the centre in a makeshift pool.

0:28:390:28:44

Harpoon wounds need to be sealed to keep out dirt and water

0:28:440:28:48

that could cause infection.

0:28:480:28:50

We have to do what we can with the materials we have here.

0:28:510:28:54

It's not possible to get anything you wish

0:28:540:28:58

and this product is perfect for it.

0:28:580:29:00

A temporary solution is bathroom sealant.

0:29:000:29:03

Basically, we are improvising.

0:29:030:29:06

Once we've finished sealing that, you see how he floats,

0:29:060:29:09

try to guess if the lungs are more or less affected

0:29:090:29:14

and we will see if maybe we are able to release him in the sea or not.

0:29:140:29:18

We have to keep him until he will be much more healthy inside.

0:29:180:29:22

Fernando will keep this turtle under close observation.

0:29:230:29:27

It's an experimental procedure but if the seal holds,

0:29:270:29:31

there's a good chance the turtle can be released.

0:29:310:29:33

The next few days will be critical.

0:29:350:29:38

'In South Africa, I'm en route to see Shelley.

0:29:490:29:52

'Today, Christo is going to put her through her paces.'

0:29:520:29:56

Of all of the cheetahs here at HESC,

0:29:570:29:59

Christo tells me that Shelley is actually the fastest,

0:29:590:30:03

but if she's going to be a wild cheetah one day,

0:30:030:30:07

she needs to still hone those hunting skills

0:30:070:30:09

and that's what we're off to do this morning.

0:30:090:30:12

So, what is this strange contraption, Christo?

0:30:190:30:23

This is the lure that we use for the cheetahs just to get some exercise

0:30:230:30:26

and just to help them develop their natural hunting skills, basically.

0:30:260:30:30

-This is like a portable cheetah gym?

-Yeah.

0:30:300:30:33

THEY LAUGH

0:30:330:30:35

Make sure this thing is bolted down...

0:30:350:30:37

..cos if she catches it, the whole thing might fly away.

0:30:390:30:42

Good?

0:30:440:30:46

'This electric lure will test Shelley's speed and acceleration.'

0:30:460:30:50

And what kind of a speed is she going to reach?

0:30:520:30:54

She goes up to about 60, 70kph.

0:30:540:30:57

Whoa! That's pretty fast.

0:30:570:31:00

So, this is a really important part of her learning

0:31:010:31:06

how to be a wild cheetah then?

0:31:060:31:07

In this way, she exercises reaching full speed

0:31:070:31:10

sticking close to the prey.

0:31:100:31:12

So, this is the best way that we can teach her

0:31:120:31:15

how to be as wild as possible.

0:31:150:31:17

'Cheetahs are hard-wired to react to movement.

0:31:170:31:21

'As soon as the lure goes, Shelley will give chase.'

0:31:210:31:24

Right, and then this... Do you want me to test it?

0:31:240:31:27

You can test it if you want to.

0:31:270:31:28

-Ooh!

-MOTOR WHIRS

0:31:280:31:31

-She's never going to go that fast, is she?

-Slow down. Slow down.

0:31:310:31:34

In a way, this is just a very elaborate version

0:31:340:31:38

-of when you play with your kitten at home...

-Yes.

0:31:380:31:40

..and you drag along something and it goes along like that.

0:31:400:31:43

-This is just a sort of...

-A faster...

-..a faster version.

0:31:430:31:47

This is the most enrichment that she would be able to get

0:31:490:31:51

-in this environment.

-Yeah.

0:31:510:31:53

It's taken Christo three years of unwavering dedication

0:31:550:32:00

to get Shelley to this point.

0:32:000:32:02

Not every cheetah here develops good enough wild skills to be released,

0:32:020:32:07

but Christo has high hopes for her.

0:32:070:32:09

She's the best runner that we've got here at the facility.

0:32:100:32:14

Even though she was hand-raised,

0:32:140:32:16

she's still got so much wildness left in her

0:32:160:32:20

that you can especially see when it comes to the lure,

0:32:200:32:23

when she just immediately focuses in on that

0:32:230:32:25

and goes into hunting mode almost.

0:32:250:32:27

To see that excitement...

0:32:270:32:30

She can't wait for that to happen

0:32:300:32:32

and you don't see that with all the cheetahs.

0:32:320:32:34

A lot rides on how she performs.

0:32:350:32:38

-SHE PURRS

-That purr that she's making

0:32:440:32:46

right now, is that pleasure? Is that anticipation?

0:32:460:32:48

Yeah, it's the same as your house cat, that contentment.

0:32:480:32:51

So, we can know that she's relaxed and content and happy.

0:32:510:32:54

Cos she knows she's about to play her favourite game and get a treat.

0:32:540:32:58

Yeah, she's ready to rock and roll, isn't she?

0:32:580:33:00

-OK.

-Good.

0:33:010:33:03

'Cheetahs can accelerate from zero to 60mph

0:33:050:33:08

'in less than three seconds...'

0:33:080:33:10

She's so fast!

0:33:110:33:13

'..rivalling the fastest sports car.

0:33:150:33:17

'Propelling Shelley forward are fast-twitch muscle fibres,

0:33:210:33:24

'generating four times more explosive power than a human's.

0:33:240:33:28

'A flexible spine and long, spindly legs produce a stride

0:33:320:33:36

'of up to 8m, half of which is spent in the air.'

0:33:360:33:41

Amazing. It is just incredible that they can reach that speed so fast.

0:33:430:33:48

If you would like to give her a reward afterwards,

0:33:540:33:56

-you can just put it down right...

-And this is to simulate

0:33:560:33:58

what would happen in the wild cos if she was chasing an animal

0:33:580:34:01

-in the wild, she'd get to eat afterwards?

-Precisely, yes.

0:34:010:34:03

There you go. You deserve that, madam.

0:34:030:34:06

'But this incredible physical feat takes its toll.'

0:34:090:34:13

-SHELLEY PANTS HEAVILY

-You can hear

0:34:130:34:15

from that heavy breathing that she's tired.

0:34:150:34:18

'Shelley's breathing and heart rate has more than doubled

0:34:180:34:21

'as she tries to recover.'

0:34:210:34:23

Cheetahs are in danger of overheating,

0:34:230:34:25

that's the big problem for them.

0:34:250:34:26

They can't run at that massive speed for very long distances.

0:34:260:34:32

Most of the hunts last less than a minute.

0:34:320:34:35

'To get the hunt right when it counts,

0:34:360:34:38

'Shelley needs to master more than a straight drag race.'

0:34:380:34:42

To catch a zigzagging antelope, she will have to corner at high speed.

0:34:420:34:48

And tomorrow, that's exactly what Christo has in store.

0:34:490:34:53

OK.

0:34:550:34:57

At the Jaguar Rescue Center,

0:35:090:35:11

Santino hasn't quite got over his cold.

0:35:110:35:14

And he's not up to hanging out with the big troop.

0:35:170:35:20

To build his immune system,

0:35:220:35:24

Dexter is making sure he's getting a perfectly-balanced diet...

0:35:240:35:27

..which needs to include wild food.

0:35:310:35:33

So, whereabouts are we going, Dexter?

0:35:330:35:35

-We'll go straight up front.

-Up that way?

-Yeah.

-OK.

0:35:350:35:38

'Leaves make up over half a howler monkey's diet,

0:35:390:35:43

'so I've joined Dexter to forage in the forest just outside the centre.'

0:35:430:35:48

I'm going to see if I can help you out.

0:35:490:35:52

-There we go then.

-This is a gancho.

-Gancho?

0:35:520:35:55

Gancho, yeah.

0:35:550:35:57

'Dexter has a special tool for collecting leaves

0:35:570:35:59

'only monkeys could normally reach.'

0:35:590:36:02

So, kind of, either...

0:36:020:36:05

Hit it or either hook it and pull it down.

0:36:050:36:07

-Hit it or hook it? OK. Gosh, wow.

-Then pull it down.

0:36:070:36:10

'This isn't quite as easy as it looks.'

0:36:100:36:13

How often do you have to come out looking for...

0:36:130:36:16

-..for leaves for the monkeys?

-Every day.

0:36:170:36:20

Every day, my friend.

0:36:230:36:25

That's totally easy.

0:36:370:36:39

Every morning just go out, have a little walk,

0:36:390:36:41

go and find some leaves, no problem.

0:36:410:36:44

What we're doing here is really important for Santino

0:36:460:36:48

because howler monkeys will eat over 50 types of leaves out in the wild.

0:36:480:36:52

They also supplement that with fruit, as well.

0:36:530:36:56

But... HE LAUGHS

0:36:560:36:58

..I think the hook's stuck.

0:36:580:37:00

Dexter!

0:37:000:37:02

You've got to push up hard again.

0:37:020:37:03

'To get all the vitamins and minerals a growing monkey needs,

0:37:040:37:07

'it's important Santino gets a varied selection.'

0:37:070:37:11

-There you go.

-Perfect.

0:37:130:37:14

-Right.

-That's quite a job right there, huh?

0:37:160:37:18

PATRICK LAUGHS

0:37:180:37:20

-Yeah, man.

-Perfect!

0:37:200:37:22

-Nice.

-Very good! Very good!

-Well, I'll take these.

0:37:240:37:28

-And I'll take this.

-You can take the hook, I'm done with that.

0:37:280:37:31

'Back at the centre,

0:37:350:37:36

'Santino is waiting for his lunch in the nursery

0:37:360:37:39

'but convincing a baby monkey to eat his greens

0:37:390:37:42

'takes all of Dexter's experience.'

0:37:420:37:44

Dexter, other than giving Santino the right kind of leaves,

0:37:450:37:48

how else can you encourage him to eat the right type of food?

0:37:480:37:52

One of the ways is that we pretend to be eating the same thing.

0:37:520:37:55

-Pretend to eat leaves?

-Exactly.

0:37:550:37:57

It's a kind of fun way to do it.

0:37:570:37:59

Santino tries to do the same.

0:37:590:38:01

Santino, mmmm!

0:38:010:38:05

-There you go, you see.

-There we go.

0:38:050:38:07

-Monkey see, monkey do.

-Exactly.

0:38:070:38:10

'With his new superfood diet, Santino should be back on schedule

0:38:130:38:17

'to spend time with the big troop in just a day or two.

0:38:170:38:20

They're also eating their lunch.

0:38:210:38:23

Howler monkeys can sleep up to 15 hours a day.

0:38:250:38:29

And all the troop are trying to take a siesta with Encar,

0:38:320:38:36

the centre's owner.

0:38:360:38:37

TELEPHONE RINGS

0:38:450:38:48

Hello?

0:38:480:38:49

IN SPANISH:

0:38:500:38:53

We got a call.

0:39:030:39:06

A woman say that on the beach...in front of the beach in Playa Grande

0:39:060:39:09

there is a monkey that is not able to climb in the tree

0:39:090:39:12

because one leg looks broken.

0:39:120:39:14

With a monkey in trouble, a rescue team heads out,

0:39:160:39:19

-led by Fernando the vet and Dexter.

-OK, let's go.

0:39:190:39:23

The monkey's been spotted by locals on the edge of the beach.

0:39:300:39:33

It's an adult howler, but it's too high up in the canopy to reach.

0:39:410:39:46

Fernando decides to use a tranquillising dart,

0:39:460:39:48

so it will fall asleep and drop out of the tree.

0:39:480:39:51

We see that the monkey has a broken leg and he cannot move very fast,

0:39:540:39:58

so hopefully it will not be very difficult.

0:39:580:40:02

But Fernando's confidence doesn't last long.

0:40:090:40:12

He may be a monkey expert, but he's not an expert climber.

0:40:120:40:17

IN SPANISH:

0:40:170:40:19

That's better for him.

0:40:240:40:26

Dexter, on the other hand, grew up playing and climbing trees,

0:40:260:40:30

so he's confident he can get within a few metres,

0:40:300:40:33

close enough to take a shot.

0:40:330:40:34

Sure enough, Dexter shins up the 6m climb with ease.

0:40:480:40:52

In spite of its injury, the monkey's climbed even higher.

0:40:590:41:03

Dexter needs to take his shot quickly.

0:41:040:41:07

HE BLOWS DART

0:41:130:41:15

He managed to put the dart in.

0:41:200:41:22

We're going to wait until he will fall down and be ready for that.

0:41:220:41:26

It's now a waiting game.

0:41:280:41:30

When the monkey falls,

0:41:300:41:31

Fernando needs to catch it in a blanket or the fall could be fatal.

0:41:310:41:36

The monkey is falling asleep...

0:41:460:41:49

..but one hand is locked tight around a branch.

0:41:510:41:54

Wow!

0:42:040:42:05

I cannot see exactly the problem yet,

0:42:130:42:15

we have to examine further at the centre,

0:42:150:42:18

but for sure this leg has a problem, probably in the hip.

0:42:180:42:21

Fernando heads back to the clinic.

0:42:240:42:26

If this howler monkey will ever climb again,

0:42:260:42:29

he needs to fix her leg.

0:42:290:42:31

He's just starting to wake up.

0:42:330:42:35

It doesn't have anything broken, fortunately,

0:42:370:42:39

but it has probably muscle damage

0:42:390:42:42

and maybe something else going on in the right leg.

0:42:420:42:46

'Now she's used to her surroundings,

0:42:490:42:52

'Fernando has allowed me to see how the patient is recovering.'

0:42:520:42:56

How are you going to help her leg get better?

0:42:580:43:02

Are you going to do any physiotherapy on her?

0:43:020:43:04

Basically, stabilise the animal

0:43:040:43:06

to make sure that she has everything that the body needs.

0:43:060:43:09

And later, if we see that it's not totally recovered,

0:43:090:43:13

then we can think in some other treatments like physiotherapy

0:43:130:43:17

and so on.

0:43:170:43:18

With baby monkeys that are rescued,

0:43:180:43:20

they need a lot of time, care and dedication

0:43:200:43:22

to gain all the skills they need to survive in the wild,

0:43:220:43:25

whereas with adults, they already have this.

0:43:250:43:27

So, the main thing is to get them fed and strong and healthy again

0:43:270:43:31

and back out into the wild as quickly as possible.

0:43:310:43:33

'With a good prognosis for her leg,

0:43:350:43:37

'Fernando will hopefully release this female

0:43:370:43:40

'to a safe patch of forest in about two months.'

0:43:400:43:43

At the endangered species centre in Africa,

0:43:540:43:57

Christo is putting the finishing touches to the lure

0:43:570:44:00

that will test Shelley's true hunting skills.

0:44:000:44:03

So, what's special about today's course?

0:44:040:44:08

Today, we're going to change the course

0:44:080:44:10

so that she'll have to make four sharp corners...

0:44:100:44:13

-A-ha.

-..instead of just running up and down in a straight line.

0:44:130:44:16

And also there's some obstacles that will be in her way

0:44:160:44:19

and she'll have to adjust herself to keep on track with...

0:44:190:44:23

..of the prey, basically.

0:44:230:44:25

Because, obviously, an antelope's not going to be running

0:44:250:44:28

in a nice, neat, straight line, it's going to be dodging and weaving

0:44:280:44:32

trying to get away from her.

0:44:320:44:33

Then she'll have to be able to adapt to every situation.

0:44:330:44:36

Is there a time that we need her to make in order to...?

0:44:360:44:41

Well, I'm hoping for between ten and 15 seconds.

0:44:410:44:44

So, if she makes it then it means that she's keeping up

0:44:440:44:46

and overtaking an antelope?

0:44:460:44:49

-Hopefully, yeah.

-Yeah, OK. All right, then.

0:44:490:44:51

Well, that's a bit of a challenge for Shelley, isn't it? OK.

0:44:510:44:54

Are we measuring out a specific length for this course?

0:44:560:45:01

-Well, the course length would be about 180m...

-Yeah.

0:45:010:45:04

..and the average hunt is about 190m.

0:45:040:45:07

OK. Gosh, it's quick, isn't it?

0:45:070:45:11

'180m in 15 seconds and Shelley will be navigating 90-degree turns,

0:45:110:45:17

'uneven ground and keeping the lure locked in her sights.

0:45:170:45:22

'Getting this right will be the difference

0:45:220:45:24

'between survival and starvation in the wild.'

0:45:240:45:28

She's so focused the moment she comes out,

0:45:310:45:33

she's like an athlete scoping the course before the big race.

0:45:330:45:38

Cheetahs favour hunting during the cool morning hours

0:45:400:45:44

when visibility is at its best.

0:45:440:45:46

The black teardrops beneath their eyes

0:45:480:45:50

may help absorb glare from the sun,

0:45:500:45:52

whilst the back of their eye is packed with nerve cells

0:45:520:45:56

that allow super sharp wide-angle vision.

0:45:560:46:00

No pressure, Shelley, but we're expecting this in ten to 15 seconds.

0:46:080:46:14

Three, two, one...

0:46:150:46:18

'Shelley's claws are like the spikes on a running shoe,

0:46:220:46:25

'digging into the ground to give traction.'

0:46:250:46:27

I like the way she's using that tail.

0:46:310:46:33

Second corner perfect.

0:46:350:46:37

In a hot pursuit in the wild,

0:46:400:46:42

their long muscular tail acts as a counterbalance

0:46:420:46:46

so cheetahs don't spin out when making sharp turns at high speed.

0:46:460:46:50

'Shelley's cornering brilliantly...'

0:46:520:46:55

Yeah, she's totally on it.

0:46:550:46:57

'..but has she kept up with an antelope?'

0:46:570:46:59

That's amazing! 15.5 and that's the first time she's done this course

0:47:050:47:10

and she's managed to do it in such a fast time.

0:47:100:47:13

That is a really good sign.

0:47:130:47:16

-Star pupil.

-She is.

0:47:160:47:19

'Shelley can still go faster, but she's on course.'

0:47:190:47:23

We need to build that stamina up as well,

0:47:230:47:24

so the more she does it the more stamina she's got and the more...

0:47:240:47:27

the longer she can go out on a hunt.

0:47:270:47:30

-In terms of her path to the wild...

-One step closer to rehabilitation.

0:47:300:47:34

-Yeah.

-I will keep doing this until she's the correct age

0:47:340:47:37

to be released.

0:47:370:47:38

Before that, obviously, we'll minimise human contact,

0:47:380:47:42

put her in a big enclosure where there would be live prey available

0:47:420:47:45

and then take it from there.

0:47:450:47:47

And minimising human contact,

0:47:470:47:48

that means less of you interacting with her.

0:47:480:47:51

How do you feel about that?

0:47:510:47:53

Well, I feel good about it and to see them in a natural habitat

0:47:530:47:57

-as they should be is more fulfilling at the end of the day.

-Yeah.

0:47:570:48:01

'She may have started life as a hand-raised cheetah,

0:48:040:48:07

'but with Christo's help she is destined for much more.'

0:48:070:48:11

You're going to become a wild cheetah one day, aren't you,

0:48:120:48:15

if you carry on being this good.

0:48:150:48:16

'She could be the latest of over

0:48:200:48:22

'40 cheetahs HESC have raised

0:48:220:48:24

'and successfully released back on to the African plains.'

0:48:240:48:28

It's so fantastic that Shelley performed so well today

0:48:310:48:36

because each one of these hurdles brings her one step closer

0:48:360:48:40

to a life in the wild.

0:48:400:48:43

And that is not just good news for her,

0:48:430:48:46

but for the future of her entire species.

0:48:460:48:49

In Costa Rica, it's a big day for little Santino.

0:49:020:49:06

Santino! Corre! Corre!

0:49:080:49:12

His cold has gone and he'll be spending time with the big troop.

0:49:120:49:16

I do get worried because sometimes he can either be really good...

0:49:160:49:20

..or really bad.

0:49:210:49:22

Some of the monkeys, the bigger ones,

0:49:220:49:24

they would bully the little one for a very long time and very strong,

0:49:240:49:27

so something that can be a worry.

0:49:270:49:30

Dexter's decided that Santino will join them on their daily excursion

0:49:320:49:36

out into the forest.

0:49:360:49:38

Here he can gradually get to know them in their natural habitat.

0:49:400:49:44

HOWLER MONKEYS CALL OUT

0:49:440:49:46

Another patient is also making an important journey.

0:49:520:49:56

The harpooned green turtle is heading to the sea

0:49:570:50:00

where Fernando will find out how it swims with its newly-sealed shell.

0:50:000:50:04

The seal worked very good.

0:50:120:50:14

It's totally waterproof and, yeah, this part is very good.

0:50:140:50:18

But there's a problem.

0:50:200:50:22

The turtle is too buoyant and is stuck bobbing on the surface.

0:50:220:50:27

It's a case of trapped wind

0:50:270:50:29

caused by an infection or blockage in its gut.

0:50:290:50:33

We're trying to...

0:50:330:50:34

I'm pushing him down, so the air he has in the back of the body

0:50:340:50:40

moves a little bit.

0:50:400:50:42

Fortunately, there seems to be a simple solution.

0:50:420:50:46

Yeah, he just needs to fart.

0:50:460:50:48

This obstruction should clear with time

0:50:500:50:52

and once the shell is given a permanent seal,

0:50:520:50:55

the turtle can return to the deep ocean

0:50:550:50:58

where it could live to over 80 years old.

0:50:580:51:01

It's very important to save every one of these individuals

0:51:010:51:06

because unfortunately, they are very in danger.

0:51:060:51:08

There are just a few left in the world

0:51:080:51:10

and we're very lucky to be in one of the places

0:51:100:51:12

where they naturally nest.

0:51:120:51:13

'I've joined Dexter and Santino in the forest

0:51:220:51:26

'a kilometre from the centre.'

0:51:260:51:28

This is a really important time for Santino,

0:51:310:51:34

it could be a really major step on his journey into the wild

0:51:340:51:37

because with any luck, he is going to be accepted into the big troop.

0:51:370:51:42

'Every day, this wild patch of forest becomes

0:51:450:51:48

the troop's playground.

0:51:480:51:50

'There are no fences or cages here,

0:51:510:51:53

'they can learn and socialise freely

0:51:530:51:56

'under the watchful eye of their baby-sitters.'

0:51:560:51:58

We're completely surrounded.

0:52:000:52:02

It takes a while to notice where they all are.

0:52:030:52:06

We've got one over there. One, two, three...four.

0:52:070:52:11

Hello!

0:52:110:52:12

You know what, it's really nice seeing this troop

0:52:150:52:18

out in the wild just like normal monkeys.

0:52:180:52:22

'Dexter finds a quiet spot for Santino to explore.'

0:52:230:52:27

So, Dexter, this is Santino's big moment,

0:52:280:52:32

he's finally away from the centre, in the forest.

0:52:320:52:36

How do you think he's going to get along with the rest of the troop?

0:52:360:52:40

Well, my friend, right now for Santino...

0:52:400:52:42

..I think he's going to be pretty well, you know.

0:52:430:52:46

They've seen him around a little bit.

0:52:460:52:48

'It's not long before Nerea, the troop's alpha monkey,

0:52:480:52:52

'comes to check out Santino.'

0:52:520:52:54

Here we go, the first one coming around.

0:52:540:52:56

This is Nerea.

0:52:560:52:57

-Nerea?

-Yeah. Nerea the spider monkey,

0:52:570:53:00

they're the most biggest monkey we have in the country.

0:53:000:53:03

She's the bully one, she's watching Santino right now

0:53:030:53:06

to try to go and pull him by the tail, try to pick him up

0:53:060:53:08

and do all kinds of crazy things with him.

0:53:080:53:11

'For these initial meetings, Dexter needs to protect Santino

0:53:110:53:16

'just like his mum would have

0:53:160:53:17

'and make sure he doesn't become totally overwhelmed by the troop.'

0:53:170:53:21

He needs to be close to them and he needs to learn from them

0:53:230:53:26

and be very safe into the jungle with them,

0:53:260:53:28

so I try to let them know, "Don't bother him."

0:53:280:53:31

But for now he still needs me to protect him

0:53:310:53:33

from these bully monkeys that we have here.

0:53:330:53:36

'And with the confidence Dexter has instilled in him,

0:53:380:53:41

'Santino is taking everything in his stride.'

0:53:410:53:44

Look at him going higher and higher.

0:53:440:53:46

How do you feel when you see him acting like this?

0:53:460:53:49

It's an amazing feeling, I can't really explain,

0:53:500:53:52

there's no words to explain this.

0:53:520:53:54

Later, we're going to start spending more time into the jungle

0:53:540:53:57

and then eventually and hopefully, he will be going back out

0:53:570:54:02

into the forest on his own.

0:54:020:54:03

One day, he will just decide to take off and, you know what,

0:54:030:54:06

I need to start my family and that's when he will decide to go

0:54:060:54:09

and that will be the point of being ready to go back into the forest.

0:54:090:54:12

'But for Santino to succeed out here,

0:54:180:54:21

'he needs to find an ally in the troop -

0:54:210:54:24

'one of his own kind to learn from.'

0:54:240:54:26

This is amazing, the howler monkeys are coming to say hello.

0:54:290:54:33

You can see that the troop are taking it really nice and slow.

0:54:330:54:37

They're just kind of getting to know each other.

0:54:370:54:39

And the more time that Santino spends with the troop,

0:54:400:54:42

the more confident he's going to be and the more relaxed he'll be

0:54:420:54:45

and the more likely he's going to be able to bond with the troop.

0:54:450:54:49

Dexter, how important is this type of interaction for Santino?

0:54:490:54:55

He never had it before and the only way for him to socialise

0:54:550:54:59

with these monkeys is to have this kind of interaction with them.

0:54:590:55:02

So, it's a very important step for him to learn to be a monkey.

0:55:020:55:06

There you go, you can see him getting closer to the little baby

0:55:060:55:09

as well, right here.

0:55:090:55:10

So, he's going to make them friends.

0:55:100:55:13

Acting like a real howler monkey.

0:55:130:55:15

It's a very happy feeling, my friend.

0:55:160:55:18

It's a really, really good feeling, a very joyous feeling

0:55:180:55:21

because you know he's doing what a monkey is supposed to do.

0:55:210:55:24

MONKEYS CHATTER LOUDLY

0:55:240:55:26

Hello! HE LAUGHS

0:55:270:55:29

-Hello.

-We humans cannot teach them.

0:55:310:55:34

We try to do it the best way we can, but then it's up to Santino.

0:55:340:55:37

'When Santino has learned everything he needs,

0:55:390:55:42

'he'll remain in this forest

0:55:420:55:43

'and could one day lead his own wild troop.'

0:55:430:55:47

And we can see right here Santino beginning to be more independent,

0:55:480:55:51

trying out trees and leaves and he wants to go further.

0:55:510:55:55

So, the work...

0:55:560:55:58

well done, I think.

0:55:580:56:00

'Until Santino decides to leave,

0:56:150:56:17

'he can take comfort knowing Dexter will be there to keep him safe.'

0:56:170:56:22

It's an incredible story that's only possible

0:56:240:56:27

because of all the people here that give up their lives

0:56:270:56:29

to give Santino back his.

0:56:290:56:32

Since I last saw Santino, he now goes into the forest every day

0:56:440:56:49

and has been accepted as part of the troop.

0:56:490:56:51

Shelley is getting faster

0:56:540:56:55

and working at improving her personal best.

0:56:550:56:59

And the turtle's embarrassing problem worked itself out

0:56:590:57:03

and he's back swimming in the ocean.

0:57:030:57:05

'Next time, I'll be with Mangee, the baby rhino,

0:57:070:57:10

'who after a traumatic start to life has to master the skills

0:57:100:57:14

'he will need to return to the African savanna.'

0:57:140:57:17

Look at these guys!

0:57:170:57:19

They are ready to be wild rhinos.

0:57:190:57:21

'And I'll be helping Mandy, the orphaned tapir,

0:57:220:57:26

'to rediscover her wild side,

0:57:260:57:28

'so she can be introduced to her own kind.'

0:57:280:57:30

In Costa Rica, Patrick meets Santino, a baby howler monkey who was rescued after being kept by children as a pet. Carer Dexter helps him find his place in a wild monkey troop.

In South Africa, Lucy meets Shelley the cheetah, who was hand-reared after being rejected by her mum. Carer Christo must train her to hunt like a wild cheetah before he can set her free.


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