Episode 3 Planet Earth Live

Episode 3

The global wildlife event continues, as Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury present the latest news from the lives of the baby bears, lions, elephants, meerkats, monkeys and more.

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May is an incredibly tough month for so many of the world's newest


and most vulnerable animal babies. We are following some of the babies


around the world and around the clock as they face some of the


biggest challenges of their lives. Welcome to Northern Minnesota,


where May is the crucial time for our newly emerged black bear cubs


to learn the skills that they need to survive in this wilderness.


8,000 miles away, it is an equally crucial time for our young animals


and that is where Richard Hammond It is. Even though this is the


first dry night since we got here to the Masai Mara, it is the rainy


season. That make it is tough for the lions. It is all very exciting


here. There is also a baby elephant


around here! May is a month unlike any other in the natural world. The


challenges it brings to the lives of the baby animals around the


planet are the toughest that they face. Together we are following the


action, 24/7 and reporting on events as they unfold. Tonight, the


latest on how the hungry lion cub, mojo is getting on. Julia is


reporting on developments for the my greating grey whale cubs and


find out about the dangers facing the baby black bears and we meet


Swift, a tiny meerkat scratching a living in the Kalahari. These are


real-life dramas. We are bringing you all the latest twists and turns


as they happen, both here and on the web.


It really is very exciting. From the base here in Minnesota, we are


following the migration of the grey whales as they head up the coast of


California, 5,000 miles to the feeding grounds in the ARCHIVE:.


This is the migration that they have to make. I had an encount we


are a whale in Mexico, it is an incredible experience, the whales


came to us. The mothers tend to nudge the calves towards you,


almost encouraging an encounter. It is strange and spectacular, but in


the boat you still don't get a feel for the size of these enormous sea


creatures. This is our satellite truck.


It has been able to beam Planet Earth Live live to you around the


world. That truck weighs about 13 tonnes. A female grey whale cow


weighs between 30 and 40 tonnes, that is about three of our trucks.


This is the length and the size of Australia grey whale calves, about


now, that is 18 feet. Today is was -- then he was one tonne, today he


is ten tonnes. He is feeding off his mother's fat-rifpl milk, trying


to put on blubber for his arduous journey. The mother is starving.


She has not eaten for months. She still has not evenen on this


journey, but that is the least of her troubles.


This is Monterey Bay in California, where a wrong turn could cost the


grey whale calf its life. This is a crucial point in the


migration of the grey whales. At this stage they have covered about


1,000 miles, moving slowly through the waters at no more than five


miles an hour. The calf sometimes hitching a ride on its mother's


back. Then they arrive here, there are two options, they can hug the


coastline, or they can take a short cut across the Monterey cranion. It


is more than a mile deep. Once they are in these waters, they are


incredibly vulnerable to an attack by a killer whale.


The mother and the calf I encountered in Baha will be coming


through here. I know which option I would go for, but then I'm not an


ocean giant. I would be quite scared.


You are standing on my grey whale, get off, thank you very much! We


have spotters all along the coast of California. They are letting us


know when it comes in. 1,000 baby calves are leaving the sanctuary of


the waters of California, we know that one in three will not make the


journey. We know there are killer whales on the hunt it was only a


matter of time before our crew got We have a kale that there are


killer whales so, a possible attack here.


Well, I'm going to leave you with a cliff hanger. I want you to come


back later to see what has happened. All I will say it is the most


remarkable bit of footage. We have captured something on film that has


never been caught before. It is amazing. It has our team in


Africa as blown away as the them that filmed it. We will bring you


that later on. Meanwhile, welcome back to the Masai Mara. We are at


the northern tip of the Serengeti wastelands.


But look, I am outside. I am not wet. It is given us a thrill here.


The place is alive with animals. We will bring you some pictures, but


before that, just list and enjoy the night... That is the sound of


the African night. It is magnificent, but we must not forget.


It is the rainy season, that is why we are here. Times are tough for


the lions out there. Especially for the two lions that have captivated


us all, mojo, the cub and his mother. Mojo is skiny, he is


struggling, he needs a constant supply of meat. It is hard work.


His mum is trying to find that for him, but of course it is not just


that, she has to contend with the neighbours from hell. Mojo and his


mum roam the wilderness. Constantly alert, but they are not just


searching for food, there are predators to evade. Hyena clans


patrol the plains. Africa's most common carnivores,


and they are not fussy about what they eat.


And with teeth, designed to crush bone, there are no manners at the


dinner table. Strength in numbers often gives


them the upper hand against the lions.


And a clan of hyena, certainly would not hesitate to take on a


single lioness and her cub. But one of the biggest threats to


mojo's mum is other lionesss. They may be smaller than the males,


but they are not to be messed with. Females from other prides could


attack mojo's mum and chase her off, leaving mojo exposed, but it is


male lions that mojo should be truly afraid of.


If one was to find Moja, he would kill him. So he can then further


his own dynasty. This is called infanticide.


All that to contend with. Let's not forget that right now she has to


feed her baby, she has to hunt but the prey is scarce in this rainy


season. It is a daily struggle, for Moja, he needs meat. If he does not


eat, the muscle wastes quickly with a young lion. When we heard that


mum was out hunting, we knew we had no time to waste. I headed straight


out with Jackson to see her in action.


Her hunt had been successful. But she was exhausted.


She was dragging another good-sized warthog over bumpy ground and


through long thick grass. That is a tough, rainy exhausting


day she is having. She wants to drag it closer, enough


so that if she calls, Moja could still hear mum's call and come from


halfway. She does look so thin.


And she is panting. Yes.


Is she listening for the hyena or is she just exhausted? She is


resting. She is pulling then resting.


Pulling then resting. It is genuinely exhausting just


watching! She's left be hind! has left. She is exhausted. She is


not walking with it. That is a big decision to just


make? Yeah, but she has to take that gamble.


And while she is going to get her cub, the hyena could come? We hope


that they don't come. After an agonising wait, we finally


saw movement on the horizon. With no hyena's around, Moja can


finally enjoy a proper meal. Looking at Moja's mum close up,


Jackson thinks she might be an old friend.


I've met this lioness before. This is Tamu! I hope you've got goose


bumps showing, because I did at that moment. I did promise you a


big story with Moja and his mum. This is it. Jackson believes she is


a legendary linon es that he knew some year ago. He can piece the


story of how she and Moja became an outcast. We are getting to that


later on. First, now, lots of insects, this is the first we have


seen as it is dry. There are a lot out tonight. Toby's team are


following the Whiskers group. May has been dry for them, unlike us,


so that means that they are having to make new decisions about their


off-spring. This is Swift, a five week-old


meerkat pup. She is facing a very uncertain future.


This year, the rains did not come. So food here is very thin on the


ground. May 2012 is going to be a make or


break month for Swift. She has a brother and two sisters.


I'm filming Swift and her large extended family, known as the


Whiskers Group in this parched corner of the Kalahari. For Swift,


the advantage of being part of a large family, is that there are


always many eyes on the look-out for danger.


The disadvantage is that the limited food must be shared with


many mouths. So if you are the smallest and the weakest, you will


lose out. Here, Swift... Hello, little one.


You're letting me touch you! You are tiny! This year, the meerkats


have had a very bad year. The odds are not brilliant.


It's about 50/50 that a meerkat pup will make it to two months old.


Swift's life will depend on getting enough to eat. The responsibility


for making sure that she and the rest of the family are well fed,


rests squarely with the dominant female, Emily. Today, as always,


she is scouring their territory for good places to forage, but food is


getting harder and harder to come Swift has to keep up, or she will


lose out. On top of this, Swift and the pups


are too small to find their own food.


Meerkats dig away their own body weight and sand just to get a


mouthful. So the pups are utterly dependant


on the adults. There is fierce competition.


Swift is extremely feisty and determined not to miss out to her


siblings. In the middle here I can see 12 to


14 adults foraging around. When they find a pup, they listen, who


is here in the middle? Swift? Swift's begging means she is


getting the lion's share of the food, but by late morning, even she


is going hungry. There is just not enough food.


Emily is going to have to come up with a plan.


She leads Swift and the family to the road that marked the edge of


their territory. There are rich pickings on the


otherside, but it is a huge risk. A couple of months ago we lost


three meerkats in a couple of weeks. Swift has never seen a road before.


She's quickly disorientated. The family start to cross, she has


to stick with the adults. But she hesitates and gets left


behind. OK. We have a lorry coming. It is about 30 feet from our


meerkat. What are you doing? By some miracle


she make it is. And she is reunited with the family.


Fortunately, it seems that Emily's gamble has paid off.


But this full larder belongs to someone else... Emily has led them


into the territory of a rival group. If those two groups meet there will


be a full-on fight. The chances are that we could easily lose a pup.


With the day wearing on, Emily has to make a decision.


Cross the road back to safety, but little food, or take a chance and


stay on in the new territory? Either way, Swift's life will be


put on the line. Well, things are getting tense for


Swift and her family. Toby and the team are back out in the Kalahari


in the morning, bringing the latest twists and turns so you can have


that news on Sunday. We are in North America, we are following the


migration of the grey whales. We knew there was a possibility that


killer whales would intercept our greys. It has happened. What we are


about to show you is very powerful and dramatic footage of nine


killers moving in to ambush a mother and a calf. It is


We got a kale in from the sister ship that -- we got a kall in from


the sister ship that there are some -- call.


We have a gray whale here on the left. By the time the crew arrived,


30 minutes later, the killer whales were in the final stages of their


attack on the gray whale kaf -- calf.


They had managed to separate the calf from its mother and were


repeatedly pushing it under the To even witness an attack is


surprising, but what happened next is truly remarkable. To the best of


our knowledge it has never been filmed before.


As the Orca continue their attack, the crew notice two humpback whales


who seem to be intervening in an effort to protect the gray whale an


her baby. They appear to be placing their own bodies between the


wounded gray whale calf and the killer whales.


Sadly, despite their best efforts, they could not save the calf, but


the humpback whales remained in the area, following the Orcas, rolling


and tail-slashing in an effort to prevent the killer whales from


feeding. Six hours later, the humpbacks were


still there, but the killers shared the spoils with the albatrosses,


while the gray whale mother continued her journey north alone.


Even though we were expecting an attack, there was no guarantee we


would be able to film it. It is a rare occurrence indeed. It does not


make it any easier to watch. It is also hard even with the film, to


actually see what is happening, but there are a couple of things that


strike you about the encounter. First of all, the method that the


killer whales use. They are transient, they are bigger than


other Orcas. You can see the killer whale bearing down on the calf.


That is the gray calf there. The killers bare down on the calf, to


push them under the water to drown them. That is the technique. The


pod works together in order to do that. Something that is common in


these situations is that the mother, the gray whale mother is obviously


fighting for the life of her young. She does everything she can to


protect her calf, including getting between the killer whales and the


calf and pushing her calf out of the water to prevent it from


drowning. You can see that calf rise there, lurching out of the


water. It is extraordinary, it must have been incredible to be so close.


We are going live to Los Angeles to a live witness.


This is Elissa, a researcher. Good afternoon to you.


Good afternoon. You were a few feet away, in the


boat, what are your observations about the attack, you have


witnessed several of them? What I saw was a killer whale hitting at


the gray whale calf. Another looked like it was trying to separate the


moth frer the calf. Then I saw the head of the calf coming out. Then


it surfaced and submerged under the water, a young killer whale calf


popped up when the gray whale calf had gone down. This is unusual.


Normally they are kept away. This looked like it was a learning


experience, learning like it was in killer whale school.


Of course, the Orcas, the killer whales have to feed as well. That


is what this is about. What is your interpretation of the humpback


whales' intervention, something never seen before on film?


never it was amazing. One of the first things that I saw was a


humpback whale, surfacing exactly where the mother and calf was,


putting itself in harm's way. It could have been trying to separate


the gray whales from the killer whales it blew my mind. I did not


know what was happening. I heard it was giving trumpeting blows and


tail-slashes. Then there were seven humpbacks in the area. There was a


lot of food in the area, they should have been feeding but they


drew together to co-operate. Then they started to follow the killer


whales around, trumpeting and slashing their flukes, going up to


them. Sticking their heads up. Then extraordinarily, when a killer


whale went on its head to feed on the carcass and the humpback came


right up against it, blowing, loudly, it was slashing. Was it


some sort of altruism? Was it the female coming to the defence of the


calf? Unbelievable. Let me move you on to the sound


that the humpback whales made. Listen to this, what does it


signify from the humpbacks? Wow! That is the trumpeting sound that a


humpback whale makes when it is extremely distressed. I have never


heard a humpback do it more than twice in a row. It may be when


another whale tries to steal its food. We heard that to over several


hours. They were in agony. These were really upset. They were not


curious whales, they were unhappy. That was amazing, we have never


seen or heard anything like that. Thank you very much for that


eyewitness report. Remember more than 1,000 gray whale calves are


still migrating along the coast. Trying to get to the Arctic waters,


trying to get to their feeding grounds. We have teams out on the


Bay. We hope to bring you any news. We may be lucky to get more news,


the first time in this situation that a humpback has been captured


on film in this way. It was not what we were hoping for, but it


certainly was unexpected. Amazing footage of an amazing story


and a reminder of what a critical time May is in the natural world.


It does not end there. Still it come on tonight's show: We


bring you the latest story from Gremlin, our baby JRR Tolkien.


We find out more about -- toque macaque, we find out more about


Tamu, Moja's mum. It is climbing school for the baby bears.


Welcome back to the Masai Mara. It is the rainy season. This is our


first night. Everything seems to be coming out to celebrate with us.


You can hear the frogs, the crickets, and from our thermal


camera, there is a hippo. The back is slightly cooler than the rest


where it is darker. That has probably been in the water all day,


coming out to feed, but when they are out to feed, do not get in


their way! Right, moving on, the big story is Moja and his mum. We


think we have discovered who she is. When I say "we" you, Jackson, you


have discovered who she is, Tamu, who is Tamu? Well, ever since I met


this lioness, I knew I had med an old friend. Her behaviour tells me


that this lioness is special. So, there are mannerisms the way


that she moves, that told you, Jackson, I believe you, but you


have more proof? Yes, indeed. Her manners. It is like meeting you. I


knew your character. Small irritating! But you are --


have absolute proof? Yes, here, one of our pecks perts have taken this


photograph a few years ago. I have taken this photograph a few days


ago. Now look, the whiskers match from here, these three lines and at


the bottom here and the three whisker spots at the bottom here,


they match. This is Tamu. These are like fingerprints on us, they are


unique to each lion. So that has clinched it as far as you are


concerned. This is exciting. There have been so many questions on


Facebook and Twitter, asking why are Moja and Tamu outcast from


their pride? Well, this positive ID means that we can understand her


story. Tamu was born in the Marsh Pride,


one of the most successful lion families in the Masai Mara.


By the age of four she was already a formidable hunter.


She was often the one to make the kill.


Whilst the rest of the pride simply strolled in and ate their fill.


Fed up with sharing her hard-won gains, she began to hunt on her own.


She moved further and further away from the pride.


Until eventually, the bond between her and her family was broken,


forever. Tamu, was now an outcast. A loner,


living on the edge of her homeland. But she still wanted to raise a


family. She mated with Notch, the Marsh Pride male.


When the other lionesss discovered what she was doing, they chased her


out of their territory. Tamu gave birth in the know-man's


land between two prides. -- no move man's land between two


prides. But no her cubs were vulnerable to


attacks by nomadic males. In her fury, she chased him off.


But the fight was not without casualties.


One of her cubs was badly injured, the cub died within hours. Another


two scattered in fear, disappearing into the bush.


I know we are all choked up here in Kenya as well. If you think that


was emotional, what happens next really proves what an exceptional


mum Tamu is. Tamu's young family were in


disarray, scattered, but she refused to give up. She and her


remaining cub search the area, calling. For two days they tried to


track down the lost cubs with no luck. Until, towards the end of the


second day... Tamu had lost one of her cubs in the fight, but she had


successfuly kept three alive without help or protection.


With a mother like Tamu, there was every chance that this compelling


family might just make it. -- excelling family might just make


It is stagger, I know. Tamu did successfuly raise two of her


surviving cubs, but then she disappeared. Everyone thought she


was dead until now. With such an astonishing mother, maybe there is


hope for Moja. Let's just stay with the mum thing. We know how critical


mums are for survival of young babies around the world.


So let's eGo go further to Toby. We have a Gremlin who passed a


little bit of a milestone. Gavin was there to film it this morning.


He sent this in. This is Gremlin.


A ten-week-old baby toque macaque. She is the daughter of a low-


ranking female. In the strictly hierarchal toque macaque society,


this makes her just about the lowest of the low.


Mum is too busy getting enough to eat to look after her, so Gremlin


is having to learn life's lessons, the hard way.


Gremlin has just woken up. The dawn of a new day for her in a


big confusing world. All around her, family members


groom, hug and make faces at each other, but what does this all mean?


The entire troop's social structure revolves around a complex series of


posturing, teeth-bearing and calls that the little Gremlin has to


learn quickly in order to live her life in the group. As such a low-


ranking monkey, she will not get anywhere without being able to say


the equivalent of, "Sorry.",, "Excuse me." And, "Thank you."


Adults will not stop to remind her who is the boss and their methods


are harsh. These are painful lessons for a baby toque macaque,


especially when you have no idea you have done something wrong. The


truth is, she has not done anything wrong, she is just the lowest of


the low and being told this in no uncertain terms.


Despite getting a few clips around the ear. She is eager to learn, so


when the older ones play, she wants to be involved too, but has to ask


nicely first. It's a lesson on who to approach


safely... And who is best left well alone.


Hector is king of the Temple Troop. The enforcer of toque macaque law.


He has led the troop with an iron first for the last two years and


will not tolerate any insubordination from upstarts,


adult or baby. If he looks you in the eye you must express omission


or a beating. They chatter their teeth here in


homage to the king. If Gremlin plays this right, she


will escape punishment. If she gets it wrong, not even her


mother will be able to stop hector enforcing his law.


Bingow. She's done it! Wow. Well that does not seem insignificant in


human terms but that teeth chatter is effectively her first words.


Learning to say excuse me, don't hit me! Really sweet.


For Gremlin it is a vital stepping stone to adult life. She has said


her first words and opened up a world of possibilities.


For the time being, at least. Absolutely vital that Gremlin


learns how the big society work there is. I like the chattering bit.


We do that with our executive producer, we all d that when we say


something that we agree with him. We are keeping you up-to-date with


Gremlin and her news, with the latest news on Sunday. Lack back to


Minnesota, to the land of 10,000 lakes and home to 25,000 wild black


bears, but if you come down to the woods today, you are very unlikely


to have an encounter with a wild bare. We have this access because


of one man, Dr Lynn Rogers. Up until 20 years ago Dr Lynn


Rogers used tranquilising as a way of getting research and getting


close to the bears m but then developed a new method. He call it


is the upclose method. When I say close, he gets so close, he smells


the braeth of bears. He experimented with getting the bears


to associate voice with food. Overcoming his fear, he learned to


gain the trust of wild bears with a treat.


He discovered that bears would let him into their world and he became


the first person on earth who could study these large carnivores at


close-range. Incredible, this is the only place


in the world you can get this close to wild, black bears. A lot have


been asking about the collars that you saw in the films, here they are.


They are GPS collars. They have two unionities. This is where the GPS


device goes. It feed backs signals every hour on the motions and


movements on the bears. It enables us to chart where the bears are


moving and how they move in different territory. So very


important. This bit is the radio section, this allows us to track


and find the bears on a daily basis. That is what is helping us to track


the bears on a daily basis. Some of you are concerned that they are


uncomfortable. Well, let me tell you it is not heavy. A wild black


bear weighs anything between 250 and up to even 600 pounds. So this


is like wearing a watch for the bear. If they found them


uncomfortable, they would not allow Dr Lynn Rogers and his team to put


them on. Trust me, they they are big enough to let them know.


Now spring came early, so the bears were forced from hibernation


earlier than they should have been. They are smaller and weaker than


they should have been. Dr Lynn Rogers is scared for some of the


cubs. In particular he is worried about Sophie, Sam and Julia.


Even you think they are cute after They have got great personalities,


now, these guys? Yeah, their legs are growing good. All of a sudden


they are getting the long-legged look.


You think that they have a good chance, though, a litter of three?


Yes. A litter of two, that is good, you get up to four, then the


survival drops to a half. So three is the optimum size? Yes, that is


the most common litter size for the matture females.


How do they fare in the rain? tries to keep them dry. If they get


wet she licks them a lot. She responds to every cry.


If they say they are cold, she will let them snuggle in and curl up


around them. And they need all the help that


they can get. I mean, look at how skinny they are.


They are a bit too skinny for your liking? Yes. This is the tough


month, like they say, you know? Well, I hope they all make it.


Yes. I was not expecting Dr Lynn Rogers


to be as concerned about the three cubs as he is. Over the years he


has morphed into a bit of a bear himself. He makes all these bear


noises. But every time I get close to the


bears, I think of you with the lions, so be careful! Well, I'm not


worried about the lions, there is a hippo over there and other animals


mooching about is a hyena and an elephant, but Planet Earth Live is


about much more than pointing and saying, "Look, hyena." We want to


tell their stories, that is the whole point of the adventure. So as


well as telling the stories of the lions, we are here following the


elephants. They are safe here, but beyond


there, they could anybody peril. Yesterday we introduced you to an


elephant who did get into trouble. Sylvia is an experienced matriarch,


the leader of her family. The herd, known as the Royals is one of the


largest and most stable in Samburu. Sylvia enjoys the support of many


sisters, cousins and nieces. But she is in grave danger.


Last year, she was shot by poachers when her herd strayed outside of


the reserve. The bullet passed through the soft tissue under her


chin, broke her jaw and left a hole that constantly dribblings saliva,


but that is not her real problem. The bullet left a serious wound


that has never healed it is now infected and is swelling by the day.


Her life is in danger. About a week ago, Sylvia gave birth


to a calf, little Pinkfoot. She has a rare genetic trait that


means some of her skin has not developed pigment in the same way


as the rest of her body. Giving her her dis tinkive pink feet.


-- distinctive. Even at this young age, Pinkfoot needs as much as 11


litres of milk every day. She's totally dependant on mum.


But with the very real possibility of Sylvia's infection becoming


fatal, a dark cloud hangs over little Pinkfoot's young life.


I know! I know! But dark cloud or not, if I can offer you a glimmer


of hope, there is a team who are dedicated to preserving and looking


after the elephants in Samburu. Tomorrow we are following them to


watch as they try to save her life. We will bring you the results, I


promise. Meanwhile, we have been following two young elephant tear


aways, they are Grace and Sky. They are sief safe in the confines of


the herd, right now we are going to watch them live. Right now, Grace


and Sky's lives are filled with new experiences. Everything that they


do is new and exciting. There is a lot to learn, especially what to do


with that thing in the middle of their face. Their trunks are more


like run away limbs than something useful. That is no surprise,


whether you are learning how to control 100,000 muscles and tendons


all at the same time. Using the trunk is a tricky bus, especially


when you want to be just like mum. Even simple games hold valuable


life lessons. Like using mud as sunscreen.


Elephant skin can be almost four centimetres thick in places, but it


still needs protection from the scorching heat, but one thing that


elephants don't have to learn is how to have fun in water. Elephants


relish water whenever they find it. They use it to cool off in the heat


of the day when the temperatures soar to 40dweings heat, but more


than this, -- 40 degrees heat, but more than this, they just seem to


love splashing about. Wherever there is a water hole in


Samburu, you are sure to find elephants.


The trouble is, it can all get a little bit wet and slippery.


I know! It is stunning! There were hoots of laughter coming from the


tent where the gallery is. It is gorgeous watching them play.


Learning how to be elephants, but these are a reminder of how


vulnerable the elephant calves are, how much they need their mothers


and families around them, but that is the joy watching that. If you


have wondered what it is like to have a trunk, it is not like a nose


you can wiggle, it is the movement of the trunk and the middle, they


have to use it for grooming, eating, social bonding. It is their hands,


but look, you can do it, try it! Try it Julia! When you have a nose


this large, you don't need a trunk, let me tell you. Welcome back to


the woods, which as we said are full of predators, like these. This


is a wonderful. It is very important that the black bears


learn the art of escape. Around here, that is to learn how to shoot


up a tree! This is a wild forest. There is nothing manicured about


this environment. There is an amazing array of trees around here,


but not all trees are good climbing trees for the black bears.


This beauty is a red pine. It is a nice, mature tree. It looks like it


should abgood climber, but it is not, because the bark just peels


away. So the little claws will dig in... And then frul away.


-- and fen fall away. So we have a paper birch next door


to a creda here. I show you why, look at that. So not a great


climbing tree and also slippy. The creda on the other hand, a nice


juicy trunk and it can get a really good perch on that. That is a good


climber. Finally, this is actually the


perfect black bear climbing tree. A mature white pine. Look at the bark.


It is very sturdy and solid. It does not come away at all. So


imagine the claws clinging into that. When you go up to the top,


there is lots of protection. It is strong and sturdy with its strong


branches and pro techs from the rain and the sunshine for the cubs.


You can see how protected. This is one of Juliet's day beds, it has


been raining all morning, but it is perfectly dry and comfortable here.


I would not mind lying down there. Have you ever seen anything so


cute? If we were not hear, living and breathing bears we would not be


able to bring you the daily pictures up-to-date. Just because I


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can, I am going to bring you more No cubs were harmed during the


making of that film! And lsz, just to point out, that -- and also just


to point out, even if the accidents looked nasty, the black bears are


very bouncy and very good at falling out of trees. That is very


good news. I just want to tell you about


elephant names, but if you want to look back, that is my guard keeping


an eye on the hippo I showed you. One thing you should never do is


get between a hippo and water, we kind of are, but there have been


thousands of suggests on Facebook and Twitter for the names of this


little girl, when it comes to a name we know she will have to be


strong it is a tough life. The Samburu team love the name Maya


after Maya Angelou. So, it was suggested also by a few of you,


what a well-educated bunch of viewers. I like it. Maya, do you


like it, Juliet? Does it work? like it.


We have had thousands of names, as soon as you say we want a name, we


are flooded, but that is good. We want you to be involved. It is very


much what we want from the programme. You are a part of the


programme. There are a few golden rules when it comes to natural film


making, one is don't let the monkeys get anywhere near your I


chemical weaponment, never! -- your If you want to watch that little


monkeying around video, go online A lot of monkeying around, we don't


have that problem with the bears, their paws are too big. The big


story at the moment is that Juliet and the three cubs are not doing so


well. The cub came out of hibernation earlier. They are


playful when we go to see them. I have spent time with them. They


look playful, but they are very, very thin. Dr Lynn Rogers is very


concerned about them. So that is the story that we are watching here


in Minnesota in the woods here. We really need to stay on top of the


progress of the three cubs. We are bringing the latest news about them


on Sunday's Planet Earth Live show. We may even have some more of them


climbing trees as it just looks so good.


There is so much coming up to show you. So much we are still following


on Planet Earth Live! Lonely lion cub Moja has his belly full for now,


but how will he fare in the coming days? Pinkfoot, can her mother


protect her? And what about Swift and the family decide? Stay in


enemy territory or brave the dangers of the road? Keep up to


date with everything on the web and on Twitter and Facebook:


Remember, these are real stories we are following. They are going on


right now. Real animals all around the world. We have crews following


them every day. They are working even as I speak. We will bring you


The massive live global wildlife event continues, as Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury provide live updates from around the world, with the latest news and drama from the lives of the baby bears, lions, elephants, meerkats, monkeys, whales, otters and more.

These charming animal characters are struggling to survive their most challenging month of the year and the most critical moment of their lives. Join the team for the very latest in this real-time, real-life animal drama as they follow their unfolding stories day by day.

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