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Episode 2

Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury host the live wildlife show. The drama continues to unfold for the wildlife babies trying to survive the most critical time of their lives.


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May is the month when across the globe some of the most amazing

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young animals face their most difficult times. We will be

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following their daily dramas every step of the way. Join us here on

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Welcome to Planet Earth Live. I am in Kenya's Masai Mara in the rainy

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season, the most difficult time of the Year for the lion cubs. But we

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are all around the world on the show and 8000 miles away Julia

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Bradbury is with some of our key other animals.

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Welcome to North America and I am in the Northwoods of Minnesota

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because our black bear cubs have emerged from hibernation and they

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are just beginning to explore their surrounding environment. If you

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have missed anything on Planet Earth Live, there is a lot to keep

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track of and here it is. Right around the globe it may is a

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critical time in the natural world. We have sent teams of experts out

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across the planet to capture the drama of this incredible time of

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year. Together we are going to be following the action 20 four as the

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events unfold. In the northern hemisphere it is

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spring. We are following newly emerged black bear cubs as they

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explore their woodland home and we are also following the lives of two

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little polar bear cubs in the ice and snow of the Arctic.

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In the tropics may brings the end of the rainy season. These rains

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have triggered a baby elephant bonanza in Kenya. But for our lion

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cubs times are hard. May also brings big challenges for

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other young animals. Young, giant otters in Peru. Meerkat pups in

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South Africa and a family of monkeys in Sri Lanka. We have no

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idea what their fate will be, but we will be bringing you all the

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twists and turns of their stories first here and on the web where you

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will get the latest developments. Good evening and welcome a once

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again to my little tent in one of the wildest places on earth, at the

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Masai Mara in the rainy season. Just before we came on air we saw

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something out there on our camera. It is quite exciting. I thought we

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would start, this is not a geography lesson, but I want to

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explain where we are. I am here in the Masai Mara just south of the

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equator. This whole area, the Masai Mara, at some times of the year has

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the highest concentration of grass eating animals anywhere in the

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world. That is sometimes, but not now and that is why we are here.

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This is an incredibly difficult time for our lions and it is very

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hard on the cards especially and on Sunday a lot of concern was

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expressed for our little lion cub, Moja, who is really struggling.

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Last time we saw him he had managed to eat some food, but then his

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neighbours, hyenas, stole it in the night. It is heartbreaking. It is a

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difficult time for Moja and all lion cubs. He needs to eat meat at

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least every two days. If he goes five days without it, he could be

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in trouble. Our experts are reporting that he spends a lot of

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time during on his favourite stick. I wondered if it was because he was

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so desperately hungry and they say it is because he is young and he

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needs to entertain himself and it is his only form of entertainment.

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That, long-term, could have serious complications. Lions are the most

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sociable of all the cats. And for the cubs living within these prides

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there are lots of benefits. They have brothers and sisters to play

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with. But this is more than just fun and games. They are learning

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But Moja has no-one to practice with. Within the pride rough and

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tumble is all part of day-to-day life. It bills up core muscle

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strength and hones their bodies into awesome killing machines. But

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the only thing Moja has to wrestle They are heartbreaking images. A

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lion cub played on his own, but, Jackson, this has more serious

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implications. What hope is there for his future? Moja has got a lot

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of challenges. Although he has got a lot of tough times and a

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fantastic mother to lead him, he has still got a lot of challenges

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ahead of him. It is just the beginning. It is whether or not his

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mother well get him through this difficult time and then if he will

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learn to become a fully functioning addled lion. The one question we

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have been asked whether any other is why he and his mother are

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outcasts. We think we have got the answer. We will bring you that

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report tomorrow. It deserves time and trust me it is staggering. You

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will not believe what it might mean for Moja and his mother. I am

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urging you to what that tomorrow. We are going to move it right round

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to the other side of the world and find another family struggling.

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Charlie Hamilton James has been filming it and Julia picks up the

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story. This is Dali, I young, giant river

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otter. He is just six weeks old and cannot even swim yet. But he and

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his family are living life on the run, moving home every two days in

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an attempt to keep safe. From these. It is a battle for survival in the

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heart of the Amazon rainforest. Cameraman Charlie Hamilton James

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has been following Dali and his family to see what it takes to

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survive, growing up surrounded by predators in this remote corner of

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the jungle. We have been on about all day and we were on it all day

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yesterday. We left home three days ago. But we finally reached the

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most diverse place and the world. This sprawling wilderness is home

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to over 5000 types of plant and 200 species of mammal, including the

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otter family. What makes these giant otters so remarkable is they

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have produced six new babies. That is a record number. The problem at

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for his proud parents is keeping them all save. This is a bit like

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growing up in a war zone and the enemy are always watching. Of all

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the animals the otters have to fear, this is the big one. It is a black

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Cayman. They can grow up to 18 feet long. There are 700 of them in this

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lake alone. These stealthy and relentless predators are everywhere.

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Little Dali could disappear in the snap of a chore. Moving home is the

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only way to keep one step ahead of their sharp eyed neighbours.

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Staying put would be suicide, but moving them is almost as dangerous.

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So, one at a time, the babies are taken to when you Eden. -- A New

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Den. Luckily for Dali, he has seven grown up brothers and sisters,

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acting as bodyguards and keeping watch. They patrolled the route,

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constantly scanning the water for One came and sees a chance to sneak

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in on the New Den, but the They have kept Dilys saved, for now.

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They are lying around, and grooming each other. They are playing. It is

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not just a cute thing, it is a really important thing. It is

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bonding. Look where they lived. They live on a lake with 700 Cayman

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on it, all of which would love to eat them, so they have got to stick

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together as a family. Until he learns how to swim, Dali remains

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incredibly vulnerable, so it is good to see him getting his first

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swimming lesson from his parents. It is crucial he learns how to swim,

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but his splashing is inevitably attracting unwanted attention. With

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Dali and his siblings about to gain independence, they will start

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straying into danger. Their parents will have to take a stand against

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the Cayman, but are they tough They have certainly got their hands

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full taking care of six otter pups. We will be back to the Amazon later

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on in the programme. Welcome to eat, in Minnesota. It is a beautiful day

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over the lakes. The sunshine it is making them glisten. Since Sunday,

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it is clear you are all very much in love with Juliet our black bear

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and her three Cup's. Here she is with her smallest cub, civil, who

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is still staying quite close to where, whilst her brother and

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sister Sam and Sophie are more adventurous and they are starting

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to stray further away from their mother. This is the very latest

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footage. We are bringing you the latest stories. As you can see,

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they are becoming more adventurous and boisterous and as they start to

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stray further from their mum, there are dangers lurking in the forest.

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We sent Max, one of our most experienced cameramen, to set up a

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camera trap to find out what is in the Northwoods of Minnesota. We

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have captured an interesting array of animals and an interesting array

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of predators as well. First up, the crows get frightened of the bike

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the bald eagle, the most iconic of American animals. They have a

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wingspan of almost two metres and excellent eyesight and they can

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lift up to �4. The cubs weigh about �10, but remember they came out of

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hibernation early and they were lighter than they should have been.

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Hopefully they are not a problem and they should not encounter any

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bald eagles. When the sun goes down, it is a different story. It is a

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very busy, nocturnal animal highway. That is brave heart. She is

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Juliet's knees and she is here with her three yearlings. The camera's

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eye catching them in the same place, but at slightly different times. We

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will be seeing a lot more of the yearlings because we are getting

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close to something called a family break-up and that is when they are

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forced out of the family group, so it is traumatic. Coming up next is

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the Hamas, little raccoon. He likes insects, worms, frogs, small birds.

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This is a curious dear. This is a little more worrying. It is a

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hungry, grey fox. He may have short legs, but he is ajar, fast and

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dangerous and his favourite food is newborn for on. Black Bears will

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also eat newborn fawns. They are not very agile, and they will take

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on if they stumble across one. Next is frightening for the black bear

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All of these top predators and animals are top trumped by our next

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animal it's a timber wolf. He can take a coyote, a grew fox and he

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will attack an adult bear. Minnesota has 3,000 wolves prowling

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through the wilderness. That is not gd news for our cubs. This is a

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first for me on live television. This is something that we found

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just in the Northwoods where we are filming. Thank you very much, John.

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Let me take that. I'm putting these gloves on because this is wolf scat,

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wolf poo, it has harmful parasites inside it. If you break it up. That

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is a tooth. You will see that it's very hairy. That is deer hair. The

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number one prey for a timber wolf is deer. That isn't to say, of

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course, if a timber wolf came across a black bear he wouldn't

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have a go at a cub. Let me give it back to John. A career highlight

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for us both, John. There you go. What do our cub does when they are

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faced with the predators or dangers? They have to learn to

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escape. How they do that is climb trees. Here is Herbie having tree

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climb practice. We have all done. That he took a tumble there. He is

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absolutely fine. He made his way safely back to his mum. I remember

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doing that. Richard, when you were little, did you climb trees? I was

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good at climbing, but not back down. I have to be quick. We are only on

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for half an hour. One of our cameraman came back into Camp Kenya

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with great news. He shot this. Footage of this he has never shot

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before. It's an aardwolf. A rare creature. It's related to a hyena.

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It has a long sticky tongue. It use it is to eat insects. 200,000

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termites it eats in a single night. All of our crew have never seen

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them. We are very privileged. Back to the giant otters in Peru. Julia

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picks up the story. Last time we saw Dali a month ago he was taking

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his first swimming lessons, watched by a couple of caiman. It is

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essential he learns to swim quickly. His family won't be able to protect

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him forever. He needs to be able to Charlie has returned to Peru to see

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how they are getting on. Unfortunately, a quick head count

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reveals horrible news, there are now only four babies in the family,

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two have probably been eaten. It's a huge relief to spot Dali. He's no

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longer the tiny baby we last saw struggling to keep his head above

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water. I'm just amazed how big these guys have grown. They're

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completely competent. They are moving like the adults. They are

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keeping up with the adults. I guess if you are living on a lake that is

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jam packed with caiman that want to eat you, you've got to grow up

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pretty fast. A fully grown giant otter needs four kilos of fish

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every day. Up until now, Dali has been relying on his parents, Sophia

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and dab -- Diablo to fish for him. They have decided it's high time

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for tough love. The cubs quickly learn that when it comes to food,

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They've been pretty busy all morning, just fishing and fishing

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and a bit of playing, and then some more fishing. Then they had some

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sleep, now they're having some grooming. It actually looks like

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quite a nice life if you are a giant otter. Suddenly, the

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Otters are screaming everywhere. It's all up-and-down the lake just

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going completely wild. A large caiman has moved in close to their

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new den. Rather than run, amazingly, it looks like the family have

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decided to go on the attack. It's interesting. All the cubs are going

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along as well. You would of thought that they'd get the cubs away as

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Working as a pack, the whole family piles in to attack the caiman. The

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cubs are getting caught up in the thick of it. The fight is going on

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and on. The otters aren't going to let him get away. It's almost as if

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Even as the light fades, the fight When daylight breaks, the caiman is

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nowhere to be seen. Neither are the four cubs. Charlie spots the

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parents, then a glimpse of one, then two cubs. The whole family is

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out and about, there are only two cubs, which makes me think that

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others died in that caiman fight. From the six original newborns,

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there are now only two cubs left. It's a relief to see that Dali is

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safe. Dali has been incredibly lucky, if anything, it seems as if

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taking part in the fight has boosted his confidence. This is a

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major breakthrough in the life of a tiny otter. Eating a fish, in the

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lake, rather than taking it ashore. It's the first time I've actually

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seen one of them actually pull that off. I've go the a good feeling

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about these two. If they're smart, and they stay out of trouble, then

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their futures look pretty promising. Charlie is still in Peru. We will

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see if he is right about his good feeling. I want to talk about that

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fight. If you were watching, otters and a caiman, how can that work?

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Let's look at the fight. There are a few things you need to know. They

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attack as a family. They got the nickname bg river wolves, they are

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giantic. They can be two meters long. Caiman is twice that length

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and 14 times heavier. It's the team work of the family that meant they

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could defeat the caiman. I want to show you next that leopard. I can

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show you a shot. We saw this lep parred, we are lucky to see that.

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We will talk about elephants. I'm at the Masai Mara. The elephants

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are two-and-a-half days drive north. I found a quicker way of dropping

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From the air, it's easy to see why the Masai Mara is one of the

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wildest places on earth. Their nearest town is 70 miles away.

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Everywhere you look, in every direction, is lush, green grass.

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It's also obvious just how few grazing animals are here. You can

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see the tracks left by wildebeest and zebra, but there is not one in

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sight. No wonder Moja's mum is struggling to feed him. The views

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are breath taking. I just realised something, over the next few weeks,

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following the stories of the lions and their cubs and the elephants

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over here, this is our commute. As commutes go, this isn't bad! We

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dropped down 2,000 feet. This is a dryer, hotter place. Watching as

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the landscape has slowly changed from the lush grasses of the Masai

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Mara to this rockier, harsher, peaky landscape, you can see why

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water is going to be critically important to anything that grazes,

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After two hours in the air, we finally reach the edge of the

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reserve, the home of the elephants we are following. It's the best

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time of year to be an elephant here. Rain floods the water holes and

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gives the freedom to wonder where ever they please. The reserve is

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relatively small, about the size of Glasgow. Elephants need lots of

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food and travel great distances to find it, sometimes 20 miles in a

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day. This often takes them out of the sanctuary of Samburu where

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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Baby Pink foot, will poachers claim another life? We will find out more

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tomorrow. Before we go we would like your help giving us the name

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of a new elephant born in the Samburu. Here is the little fella.

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She was, he or she was born to the family. Let us know what you should

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be named. I have been telling you about the whale migration, we told

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you about how they might encounter killer what else. They already have.

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It's fascinating. Not a comfortable watch. Incredible to watch these

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animals head-to-head. Join us tomorrow for that encounter.

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Believe me, that whale story is one that you do not want to miss. There

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will be that and a whole lot more on tomorrow night's show. We will

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be introducing you to a brand new character, the young meerkat Swift

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and his family who are hungry and venturing into enemy territory to

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find food. Julia's young bears need a head for heights to escape wolves.

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Moja who has more to worry about Moja who has more to worry about

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than just starvation. We will be back tomorrow night live at 8.00pm

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on BBC One. You can follow us in the meantime on Facebook and

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Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury host this live global wildlife show as the drama continues to unfold for the wildlife babies trying to survive the most critical time of their lives.

In Kenya, Richard gives the latest on his new born baby elephants and his vulnerable lion cubs, whilst Julia continues to follow the fate of her new baby bear cubs in North America.

Look out for the latest reports from Sri Lanka and South Africa on the monkey and meerkat families and behind the scenes insights into how the field teams stay so close to the action around the world.


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