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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
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