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Right now it's make or break time for animals across the world. From
here in North America, around the globe, from Sri Lanka to South
Africa, we're following the daily daum yaz of these animals, as they
unfold every step of the way -- Hello I'm live in the Kenyan Masai
Mara. It's lunch time for Julia in the USA. It's gone 10pm here in
Africa. In the Northern Hemisphere it's spring. In the Tropics, the
rainy season has changed everything for our lions and elephants. There
is so much going on. May is a month unlike any other in
the natural world. The challenges it brings to the lives of baby
animals around the planet are the toughest they will ever face.
We've got teams stationed around the globe, following the action
24/7 and reporting on events as they unfold. Tonight, we bring you
the latest on the attempt to save elephant Sylvia's life, after she
was shot by poachers. Julia discovers why year old bear
cubs have been attacked by their mothers at this time of year. And
we travel to South Africa, to find out if Swift and her family spent
the night in enemy territory or braved the trorz of the road.
-- terrors of the road. None of us know what their fate will be.
Whatever it is, we will bring you the latest twists and turns in
their stories, as they happen, both hor and on the web.
-- here and on the web. Hello and welcome a very windy
Minnesota. We're surrounded by thousands of lakes, millions of
rustling trees and 25,000 black bears. Of course, spring came early
here. And then suddenly it kicked into reverse with heavy snowfall,
into reverse with heavy snowfall, really putting our young bear
families to the test It's not just the tiny black bears having a tough
time here, throughout May. Our juveniles, the yearlings are facing
tough times as they get ready for family break up, when they're
forced from the family group to fend for themselves for the first
time. We'll of course, have the latest on Sam, Sophie and Sybil,
the young bear cubs we've been following closely. We've got our
concern abouts little Sybil. We've got the very latest from experts on
those incredible scenes in California, when humpbacks
intervened on a killer whale attack on grey whales.
Join me for the bear and whale news later on. Now let's go 8,000 miles
back to Richard, where he's waiting under the stars.
Thank you Julia. I am under the stars. There's no rain, in the
rainy season. Welcome back to Kenya and the heart of the Savannah where
we're following the lion, specifically two particular ones
crews have been following, baby cup Moja and his mother. They are
outcasts, living outside their pride. They are struggling. These
are the latest pictures we have of them, taken just yesterday. Moja
was holed up in his den. Our crews couldn't get near him. His mum was
out hunting for him. This is the hardest time to be a lion in the
Masai Mara. This is why. It's the rainy season. The graest
wildebeest migration is a month or more away. The plains are empty.
With hardly any food around, Moja is at risk of starvation. Oh,
that's a harsh picture. But he does have something in his favour. An
incredible mum. She is an exceptional hunter. If anyone can
get Moja through these lean times, something to hunt. Right now, at
this time of year, prey is scarce in the Mara. That means lions are
taking on some dangerous prey. Moja's mum knows every nook and
cranny of her territory. There are many secret hide-outs where she can
keep Moja safe while she scans the plains. Male warthogs are strong,
fast and armed with deadly tusks. She spots a huge one. It's a gamble
she's got to take. She leaves Moja safe in his den. The hunt is on. An
adult warthog can run as fast as she can, but she has better
acceleration. She needs to close the gap. The bushes provide perfect
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thoughts are with Moja. She needs high yeen yaz are quickly on the
scene. The boar is as big as she is. She needs all her strength to drag
ground surrounded by water, the That hunt was filmed by wildlife
camera operator Sophie Darlington who's been filming lions for 20
years, out in the field all day, every day for months, sometimes
years on end. I went out to meet Sophie just after Moja's mum made
that kill to see what she made of our lioness star.
When I got there, Moja and his mum were relaxed and happy after a very
here. You come on that side. Mind your head. I'm minding it. Sorry.
Keep low. That is quite lovely. It's clear that Sophie is
developing a close bond with Moja's mum. She is the most stunning and
astonishing lion, because of her strength, the fact she's surviving
against althe odds and she has got a cub. She shouldn't do that
because she's tough and she's surviving against the odds and, I
don't know, maybe a part of mef as a mummy self-to a little boy and --
a part of me, as a mum myself to a little boy and I feel empathy.
Now, I have an announcement to make, there has been a development, quite
a significant one. You may have noticed during that film, I refer
to Moja's mum as Moja's ma'am and not as Tamu, when only on the other
show we said we were pretty sure we had identified her as Tamu, a
linion first filmed bit BBC six years ago. Since then we've heard
from other experts who disagree with our experts, because they say
and people on Facebook and Twitter as well, that they're pretty sure
she's not that lion. This is the thing, these are wild lions. They
don't generally carry ID. So what it means is there is some mystery
surrounding the identity of Moja's mum. I know, I kind of quite like
that. Whoever she is, wherever she's come, from the one thing we
know for certain, she's learned some amazing and unusual skills to
be able to look after her son in these testing times. Sophie, she
has, hasn't she? Yes. You've spent many hours in the field with her,
whoever she is. Why do you think she's such an exceptional lion?
she's such an exceptional lion? She's unusual because she's on her
own. She has no support or back up, no pride. She's out there hunting
and guarding Moja. She's smart. She's using a tree to look out for
predators and prey. She's hunting. She's so strong. She's hunting
warthog, taking down stuff that could be lethal to her, really
dangerous. She's really brave. wort hog was nearly as big as her.
Using trees is unusual for lions. They do do it. She's canny. She's
also hunting in daylight. Camerawoman's dream! Good for you,
but dangerous for the lion. It's fantastic. She's doing it because
she's avoiding other lions, she's smart. In many ways she's proving
herself to be quite a unique thing. I like the fact that the mystery is
till. There the thing is, what does this mean for Moja? We do know that,
well, whatever it means above all else, with an exceptional mother
like his to look after him, to protect and feed him, he stands a
better chance of making it through these testing times. Jewel ya, I
don't know about you, I think that's actually added to this
mystery back to Moja's mum. Whatever Moja's mum is called, she
is indeed a marvellous mum. Today I can say happy Mother's Day to her,
because it's Mother's Day in America. Welcome back to
magnificent Minnesota. The forecast was for a nice, spring, calm day.
You'll notice by our microphone and if you look out there onto the lake,
it's windier than we anticipated. Our cameraman has been out there
for hours. Thank goodness he's wearing a lifejacket. We're
surrounded by wonderful trees, marvellous wildlife and of course,
thousands of black bears. Let's meet some of those families, one of
those families. This is Juliet, our experienced
black bear muma. She's nine years old and this is her third litter.
Her dark faced male cub Sam is a tinker, who loves playing around
with his sister Sophie. The two of them like a bit of rough and tumble
them like a bit of rough and tumble and enjoy one another's company.
Sybil is the smallest of the three cubs. She's turning into a bit of a
loner. Sybil is now really beginning to
look like the runt of the litter. While her brother and sister Sam
and Sophie are building up strength, constantly toying with one another
and play fighting. Sybil is being left out, possibly suffering. She
isn't bulking up enough. She's missing out on important social
skills. Dr Lynn Rogers, our bear specialist s, concerned about her
because she is looking skinny. The play fighting becomes very serious
when it gets down to feeding wh. It gets down to feeding, it's all
about nipple order. Bears have three sets of nipples.
With those producing the richest milk at the top of the chest. The
cubs fight fiercely over which nipple they suckle from. In this
case, Sybil is being forced from the top nipples to those further
down. Sam especially won't allow Sybil to suckle on his favourite
nipple, guarding it ferociously, as if guarding a territory.
Sybil is left with the less rich milk from lower down Juliet's chest,
meaning her development is stunted compared to her brother and sister.
The cub litter survival rate for a litter of three is quite good,
about 82%. When you unpack that it means 2.45 of the cubs of a litter
of three will survive. So obviously, we're rooting for Sybil. We want
her to be at the right end of that statistic. It's so vital that our
bears eat properly, because they won't make it through the next
hibernation if they don't reach a certain rate. A malnourished black
bear doesn't reproduce successfully either. Earlier in the series, we
introduced you to another black bear, that was Jewel. She's a first
time mum. These are her slivering cubs Herbie and Fern who got caught
in the snow because Jewel didn't know what to do, because of her
experience, she left them out in minus ten degrees far too long. But
very luckily, they did survive because Jewel managed to turn it
around. She eventually gave them the warmth that they need. Let's
lock at that family from yesterday. Let's get the latest pictures from
them. They're looking healthy, bouncy, they're climbing trees. Mum
is occasionally making the odd mistake, look a little whack there
to Herbie. You can hear the contented humming sound as her cubs
suckle and of course, just two cubs so it mean that's they both get the
top nipples. So that's very good news for them. So, we're live near
Minnesota. We've been live in Kenya. Now we have the latest news on our
meerkat family from theical hara in South Africa. These are the very
latest pictures. ( this is Swift, a five week old baby meerkat. She's
part of a large family known as the Whiskers. Last time she hay close
shave crossing a busy road to get to a richer supply of food. What
are you doing? It was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Cameraman Toby is following their lives out in this dry corner of the
Kalahari desert. May can be a tough time of year for meerkats, as food
is thin on the ground. This year is worse than usual. The rains have
failed and food is even harder to find. That's why the leader of the
Whiskers family has led them to a rival group's patch who go by the
name of kung fu. If this family find the group
stealing from their larder, there will be hell to pay. Swift could
easily become a casualty. Temperatures today are soaring into
the high 30s. Despite the heat, Swift is keen to find her own lunch.
It's a giant mill peed and it has a toxic skin. So Swift has to master
the art of dragging it across the sand to remove the foul taste. The
rest of the family are nervous. They know how dangerous being in
enemy territory is. So everyone's on red alertment Suddenly, there's
an alarmment -- alarm. Swift is too involved in her mill peed to notice.
The family rapidly regroup. At last Swift realises something's up and
runs for her life. In everyone comes. Everyone's up. All these
eyes, all these eyes are keeping an eye out, what is it? They're
nervous as the adults. Guys, concentrate. But it's a false alarm.
It's not the enemy or a bird of prey, it's just a harmless vulture.
Oh, falling asleep, little sister. All this excitement has been too
much for tiny Swift. They're sort of relaxing in the shade of this
tree. After an alarm call, everyone gets quite frisky and playful, look
at that. It's sort of a release of long. They've got to keep moving.
This desert offers such meagre pickings. Swift's got to get used
to these all-day foraging trips. Everyone keeps moving deeper into
enemy territory. By dusk they're far from home. It's too late to
turn back now. So they've quickly got to find somewhere safe to spend
the night. But the nearest burrow is anything but safe. Kung fu,
another meerkat group. This is their burrow deep in their
territory. Now Whiskers have been caught out by the time and are
having to spend the night here. They won't be approaching the
burrow as they do to one of their own. There they're a lot more
nervous, a lot more sniffing, more observant. There's a meerkat, part
-- if I were a meerkat, part of the Whiskers group, I would not sleep
here tonight. Swift's brave cousin Ernesto is one of the first to
check out the hole for danger. It seems clear. They take a chance.
But would they bump into the enemy deep under ground? The following
morning, the meerkats are slow to rise. Spending the night in their
arch enemy's bed was a dangerous decision, but was it the right one?
First meerkat's up. About half the group are up. One pup. Thankfully
everyone's here. The enemy group must have used one of their other
burrows. With Swift an the other three pups accounted for, everyone
is up soaking in the sun's first rays. But half an hour later, a
little hunched figure emerges. Ernesto Swift's cousin is in
trouble. It looks as if he's been bitten by a snake. The venom is
already starting to take hold. can see the mark on hills head here,
his right eye. It's very nearly closed and that general lass tued,
drooping, compare his posture to the other meerkats. They're agile,
aware, light. This is a sick, sick animal. Snakes are a constant
danger for Swift and her family. This desert is home to some of the
most venomous in the world, including cape cobras. The meerkats
response when they meet one is to mob it en masse. They have
astonishing reflexes and somehow avoid every strike. If they come
face to face with one in the depths of the burrow, the skrout come is
very different. -- the outcome is very different. Imagine it last
night, cobra in the dark, this one takes the hit. Poor little Ernesto,
somehow he's managed to drag himself out of the enemy burrow to
be with the family. He's put his life on the line for
Swift and the rest of the family. Will he pay the ultimate price for
stuff. Toby and his team will bring you the next instalment as soon as
they can. Meantime, I guess it's fingers crossed for Ernesto. Turns
out me might -- he might make it. I've been talking to experts, and
they say there's enough venom in a cobra bite to kill me and you, but
meerkats, even though they only weigh less than a kilo, they have a
bit of tolerance. So there say chance that Ernesto might be tough
enough to pull through something that would fell you or I. Fingers
crossed. Welcome back to the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is the rainy
season, but it's not raining. It means things might get busier, if
only with the insects. We have our thermal camera here. There it is.
First time we've seen the cam ra. To be honest, it doesn't look much,
after all the fuss we've made. on there at the moment? Some trees
and that will be a hipo. That glowing lump between the trees is a
hipo. They come out of the water at night to browse and forage for food
and graze. They can travel about five kilometres in a single night
looking for food. That's probably more hippos in the background I
suspect. More shots from the thermal camera as the evening
progresses. We're not here just to look at hippos in the dark and
follow the story of our lions either. A couple of hundred mile
north, we have camera cruise in Samburu, where the rainy season
means different news for the elephants, heralding in new life.
Samburu is in the middle of a baby boom. This has already been a
bumper year with almost 50 new arrivals.
I've been flying north to follow their progress. As commutes go,
this isn't bad. Elephant babies are utterly dependent on mum and their
family to protect them. If they get all the love and care they need,
they're free to start exploring their world. But elephants wander
far and wide in search of food and poaching outside of the reserve is
an ever present threat. Many families have been hit hard by
illegal hunting. Without their elders to guide them, young mums
are struggling to get to grips with motherhood and some older elephants
like Sylvia, are carrying life threatening bullet wounds. On
Thursday, we saw how the wound in Sylvia's jaw was infected and was
swelling day by day. Now the thing is, it's not just Sylvia's life
we're worried about. She gave birth to a calf only a few days ago,
Little Pink Foot. Obviously, pink foot is in danger, though she's
entirely unaware of the big cloud hanging over her life.
Little Pink Foot is just nine days old. Sylvia is an experienced and
atentive mother despite the bullet wound, she's making sure her calf
gets everything she needs. Little Pink Foot has a big sister to lock
after her too. They are very close, even though she has no milk, Little
Pink Foot suckles from her for comfort and reassurance. Sylvia's
condition is becoming critical. If she dies, there would be no-one to
feed Little Pink Foot and she would almost certainly starve to death.
Watching over the herds are David and his team from save the
elephants. They've been monitoring Sylvia. They know they need to take
action. Treating such a huge wild animal is fraught with danger, for
the elephant and the team. But the wound is so serious, David believes
it's a risk they must take. First, anaesthetic to have an effect.
Things are looking good. Little Pink Foot is with her sister, out
of harm's way. Sylvia is easily accessible and the other herd
members are a safe distance away. Sylvia's becoming drouzy. Sensing
danger, she calls to her family. Little Pink Foot rushes back. Now
she's underneath her mother, all three tons of her. This should be
the safeest place in the world for her, but Sylvia's about to collapse.
When she does, she could crush her calf. David has to do something.
But Little Pink Foot will not leave her mother's side. Now as we saw,
and perhaps more importantly, heard there, it was Sylvia's cry that
changed everything and that's the point at which her calf's life was
put in danger. Elephants are capable of really complicated
communication. Experts have identified about 70 specific sounds
already and they reckon that's only scratching the surface. Here's the
thing, David has sedated more than 100 elephants so far. He reckons
they always make the same noise at about the same time when they
realise something is going wrong. Let's hear it again.
That's the noise Sylvia made. David reckon that's noise means danger,
get out of here. So it's not surprising when baby pink foot
heard that noise, rushed in to be near mum. The thing is, that's when
it got tricky because Sylvia had been sedated. She couldn't really
move and she was probably only moments away from falling down
unconscious, which would have been disastrous. There was no way her
daf was going to leave. David faced an -- her calf was going to leave.
David faced an agonising choice. If David moved in himself, he risked
Sylvia falling on him and crushing him. He -- if he did nothing, baby
to get the calf out of the way. She weighs almost 16 stone, 100 kilo
grams. Forcing her to leave her mum is not easy.
They get her out of the way just in Foot panics.
Her family hear the calf's calls of distress and close in.
Her sister looks like she might charge. The team have to get Little
Pink Foot back to the herd as quickly as possible.
A baby elephant's eye sight is poor. They'll instinctively follow large
moving objects, perhaps thinking they're members of the herd. The
team use their vehicles to lead sister, the team get to work. The
abscess is huge. It needs to be service gives Sylvia antibiotics to
help her fight the infection. She is just one of hundreds of
elephants that are shot every year. Many die slowly and painfully.
Sylvia is lucky that the reserve is part of her territory. It's a safe
haven, where help is at hand. When he's finished treating her, the vet
family, but in the wrong direction. David uses the car to shepherd
united. Little Pink Foot can relax in the safety of her herd.
When we keep talking about elephants feeling emotions, we're
not just being soft. Scientists say they can prove they feel them. You
saw them in that film, joy, anger, compassion and love. Scientists
reckon their attachment to their families rival their own. It was a
procher's bullet that caused all that pain, upset and grief. We are
packing a lot into the show, as always. There is so much more
coming up from our crews around the world right now.
Still to come in the show, how with Moja react to a new run-in with the
high evena clan and with Tocque Macaque baby Gremlin get away with
eating another group's figs. Welcome back to the windy wood.
Sorry if I'm shouting. It's difficult to hear out here. It's
not just little black bear cubs out here, there are yearlings out there
as well. They are one-year-old. They're the older cubs. Let's look
at our big black bear family tree, right at top we have Shadow. She's
25 years old and she's had at least nine or ten litters. Juliet and
June are her daughters. Juliet we're following the story of Sam,
Sophie and little Sybil. I want to concentrate on June and her two
yearlings, Aster and Aspen. There yearlings, Aster, a young female
and her brother Aspen. They're just over a year old and
enjoying their second spring with mum.
It's an adventurous existence. Days involve playing with the family,
foraging for food and climbing trees. Mum's teaching them all the
skills they need, ready for life on their mother are drawing to a close.
Sleeping soundly and suckling will soon be a thing of the past. It's
time for family break up. Mother June is coming into season
and the yearlings will soon be seen as competitors for food. This break
up always begins in May and is traumatic for the youngsters. It's
difficult to believe that within a moment, thiser is reen family scene
will be over forever. -- this sern -- serene family scene
will be over forever. That will be the last time we will
see them as a family unit. Because after we finished filming, this
happened. Family break up, after doing
everything for her cubs over the past 12 months, it's time for June
to reclaim some of her territory and to mate again. The cubs, in
this case Aspen, right there, are rejected from the family group and
this is known, this is what we've been talking about, family break up.
It can be aggressive, as you saw there and it is very traumatic.
That's the last we'll see of Aspen. Aspen say male wild black bear. He
doesn't have a collar. He could roam for hundreds of miles now. So
Aspen's gone. What does that mean for Aster? This is June and Aster
two days ago. If you read a bit of body language, June's trying to
hide down an old den there, so she's doing her best to hide from
Aster, but no. Here comes Aster. It doesn't work. She's keen to hang
out with her mum for as long as possible. I don't blame her. This
is incredible footage. We've had cameramen filming in the Northwoods
of Minnesota for five years. They've never captured swimming
before. Black bears swimming, but still mama cannot shake Aster. The
only thing she can shake is herself. Really, really incredible. So these
two were, are, we think still together. I was very keen to find
out if that's the case. Yesterday morning, I went deep into the woods
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bears experience. Yes. These guys I don't have anything. That's a
good way to judge the size of a Black Country bear. There you go
bear. You can have it. What are you doing? I was feeling how swollen
her vulva is. It's a measure of oestrus. To see whether she's in
season? Yes, she's on her way. an indication that for these two
it's any moment now. Approaching the break up. Which I find hard to
believe, when you lock at this little one. Yeah. She still seems
so juvenile and not ready yet. think, yeah. But she's got her
adult teeth. She can tear into logs. She knows where the big refuge
trees are to run to. She'll do OK. See what a nice bear she is. Yeah,
she's lovely isn't she. She has such a nice temperament. Yeah,
she's going to be a good research bear. Hello! Right now she's a
little ram bunk Saddam Hussein. -- rambunkshus. That will all
disappear. In a week if we try to come out here and home in on her
radio signal, we'll be luck tkwroi see her. She'll hear the voice --
she'll hear the voice and think, when I was with my mother I could
trust that. But not now. Maybe tonight or tomorrow, it will be her
first night alone in the woods. That's right, yeah. If we see play,
it could be the last of the year- and-a-half of play that they've had
together. She'll never play with her mother again.
So after family break up, essentially, the yearlings are on
their own. They forage for themselves, fending for themselves.
They tend to sleep up in the trees because they're so frightened by
every sound they hear rustling around them in the wilderness. We
have got a collar on Aster. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep
track of her movements, when it happens for her. It could be
happening right now, at this very moment.
Welcome back to Kenya in the suddenly dry rainy season. We've
been following up north in Samburu newborn elephants. Crews up there
keeping track of an elephant baby boom. We asked you earlier this
week to help us name a calf, a newborn calf. Here she is. The name
chosen is Maya, after the African- American writer. The baby is only
nine days old. Inskpeerbsed mothers can mean a calf doesn't get the
protection they need -- inexperienced. She's OK now. We'll
update you later in the week. It is dry, so it can be busy out there.
There is a buffalo standing just over there. On the thermal camera,
we saw a hyena. We can look at that. It's not necessarily just looking
to pick up something that somebody else has killed. They are very
effective predators in their own right. The truth of the matter is
they do scavenge and that's relevant to this next thing. Out
there as well gs right now, we have Moja and his mum. We've been
following them since we arrived. Earlier, we saw Moja have a good
field. The thing is, starvation might be staved off for now, and
that was a big enough warthog to feed them for several days. But his
mum can't protect that from their had moved in and claimed their kill.
Not far behind, the vultures. It won't be long before adult males
get wind of the meal. Moja's mum can't take the risk that they'll
discover her son. Moja will certainly be killed. In broad
daylight, she leaves her safe haven. With so many eyes around they need
to find cover and fast. So Moja and his mum are out there
on the move now, skull beinging around in no-man's land. She still
needs to find food as well. It's hard. Sophie will be following them
tomorrow. We will bring you an update when we can. Now getting
hold of food can be dangerous if it brings you into contact with rival
gangs and enemies. What we're going to talk about now, this film has
been sent in late last night from the Sri Lankan team. They've been
following Gremlin baby Tocque Macaque, a lot of fans I know,
together with family. They've had some surprisingly similar troubles
there. Gremlin is a ten week old baby
macaque. She's part of a family growing among the ruins of an
ancient ruins in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately this family has a
strict pecking order. Hectare, the leader, is at the top and poor
Gremlin is right at the bottom. It's something she's constantly
reminded of. Wildlife cameraman Gavin is watching every milestone
in her young life. Gremlin has a curious nature and is
keen to learn. There's certainly a lot to get her head around. Last
time, she managed to say her first words, showing respect for hectare
and avoiding a beating. Her next lesson is learning what's good to
eat and where to get it. It's a pretty varied diet for Gremlin in
these forests. Ranging from birds eggs and insects to fruit, flowers
enough territory and you have to keep it defended against any
competition. Gremlin doesn't know her territory that well yet and
needs to find the boundaries, know every nook and cranny and where to
find food throughout the yearment - - year. And when it comes to food,
this large fig tree is like a supermarket. It's just coming into
fruit now. Figs are a favourite of the monkeys, highly prized and full
of nutrition. Gremlin's family, the temple troop, decide to check it
out. Learning how to tell if a fig is ripe enough to eat will be an
important lesson for Gremlin. But there's a catch. The tree sits
right on the border with some very nasty neighbours. It's the Slumdog
troop, an aggressive, large troop, based in the town. They're led by
Bad Eye. He lost the use of an eye in a previous battle with Hector.
There's old scores to settle between them.
Bad Eye and his slum dogs know the fig tree is almost ripe too. They
will do anything to keep it from Hector and the temple troop.
Gremlin and the rest of the troop are happily exploring the fig tree,
testing the fruit for ripeness. Their constant calling gives
instant updates on the fruit on each branch. It's obviously not
quite ripe enough yet. Their calls have attracted the attention of the
slum dogs. As for as they're concerned, this is their fig tree
and they're prepared to fight for it. Gremlin is at serious risk. If
there's a full-scale fight, any baby captured would be killed. The
advancing slum dogs are spotted by a sentri and the alarm goes up. --
sentry. Gremlin's mum needs to get her out of the way sharpish. As the
two troops face each other, they weigh each other up, body for body,
pound for pound. They're equally matched. The temple troop
youngsters get out of tree and out of the way as fast as possible.
Gremlin's grabbed by her mm and whisked out of harm's way. -- mum.
Hector is more than prepared to fight for his propertyment But the
old king knows the gains must outweigh the risks. Hector's very
wise. He knows this fruiting fig isn't ripe yet. It's not worth
fighting and possibly getting injured over that. But over the
next few days, when the tree comes into full fruit, I think this
battle's going to kick off. Gremlin was lucky this time. She
was within reach of her mother when the Slumdogs turned up. But next
time, this adventurous, but naive little monkey, might not be so
lucky. Very fortunate escape for Gremlin and her family there. If
you can't get enough of Gremlin, and I know you're in love with this
funny little bog-eyed monkey, go to our website and Facebook page,
because the crew in Sri Lanka are putting up behind-the-scenes
footage and also putting up other photographs of Gremlin.
Now we've been following the migration, the essential seasonal
migration of the grey whale and their calves on Planet Earth Live.
They've been migrating along the coast of California towards their
feeding grounds in the Arctic. But it is a perilous journey. Lying in
wait are killer whales intent on hunting down the grey whales, the
mothers and calves and separating them. We filmed an extraordinary
attack on Thursday. We show today to you on Thursday. Take a look
separate a grey whale calf from its mother and were repeatedly pushing
it under the water in an effort to drown it. To even witness an attack
is surprising. But what happened next is truly remarkable and to the
best of our knowledge has never been filmed before. As the orca
continued their attack, the crew noticed two humpback whales, who
seemed to be intervening in an effort to protect the grey whale
and her baby. They appear to be placing their own bodies between
the wounded grey whale calf and the killer whales. Sadly, despite their
best efforts, they couldn't save the calf.
But the humpback whales remained in the area, following the orcas 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 grey whale mother continued her journey north,
alone. Very powerful, what amazed the
eyewitnesses of that attack and amazed our crew as well, was the
intervention of the humpback whale. Scientists are scratching their
heads trying to work out why this behaviour took place. I've been
speaking to scientists and marine ecologists on Thursday's show I
spoke to Alissa Shulman Janiger, she's a whale researcher who is
also an eyewitness. She was in the boat. She has subsequently sent us
this photograph of a humpback whale that was part of that very
intervention. Now if you look at the humpback's fluke, you'll see
those marks along the top and the notch along the tail. They are
scarring from a killer whale attack when the humpback was a calf. They
can identify that. Her theory is that this was some sort of revenge
intervention. The interesting thing about that humpback is that earlier,
before the attack, it was three- and-a-half miles away. So it
definitely moved on in. The natural history unit has witnessed hump
backs intervening before as well. In the Antarctic they witnessed a
humpback intervening on the attack of a seal. Killer whales circled an
ice floe intent on getting the seal off the ice. There they are again,
the hump backs, popping up, appearing to protect the seal. What
you see now is quite extraordinary, because it looks as if the humpback
is popping its flipper around and under the seal to protect it, quite
extraordinary. Robert Pittman is a marine ecologist. He also has
theories about this intervention. One of his theories is that the
hump backs are attracted to the vocalisation of the orcas during
this attack. They're silent when they hunt, but when they feed
they're very vocal. That could attract the hump backs. His other
theory is simply, I'm not sure that I'm with him, hump backs are a bit
silly. He says they're the grazers of the sea and he puts them half a
step above a cow. Not sure if we all as a nation agree with that.
I'm a fan of the humpbacks. Of course, our crews are out there in
the waters now keeping an eye on everything that's happening.
They're all along the coast and already, we've got news of four
other attacks along a 400-mile stretch of coastline between Los
Angeles and San Francisco. We've got another attack in LA. Two at
Big Sur, south of Monteray and one in half moon bay near San Francisco.
As and when we get any more news on any of the grey whales migrating,
we'll let you have it. Remember, it's a bump -- bumper year for the
kaufz. More than a thousand are heading towards their feeding
waters in the Arctic. Let's hope that more of them make it than last
year as well. Half a step above a cow? I think
I'd be wounded in I were a humpback whale. This is quite an opportunity,
earlier on this evening, we found out despite our best efforts to
identify her, Moja's mum isn't Tamu after all. We thought she was a
lioness that the BBC filmed six years ago. Other experts have said
probably not. That means she's without a name. Naming lions is
pretty important for those studying them. We're calling on your help
with this. Weed a like you to help us find a name for her. We need a
name that renects her personality. We've learned a lot about her.
She's brave, strong, courageous and resourceful. We want a name to
reflect all of that. Your suggestions please Facebook and
Twitter. The experts will choose theirs once they've come up with
your suggestions. Naming a lion seriously say big honour. Let's
have your suggestions for it. We have time before we go, I want
to bring you pictures that Sophie filmed on the way to film some
lions. Here they are. If you think of hippos being big, cuddly fat
things, that's proof that they're really not. We reckon they're
probably two males. It's probably a territorial disputes. They can open
their mouths four feet wide. Those huge teeth can cause pretty
horrible damage to one another. That's why we're advised to keep
out of the way of them. I believe we have footage of a leopard as
well seen skulking around these parts this evening. There we go.
That say leopard out there. It is all going on, yeah, there you go.
That's a beautiful, elusive thing to see. I'm hoping to see one of
those whilst I'm here in the Masai Mara. We're very nearly out of time
now. I will say, it's a lovely, dry evening. One last thing before
we'll go probably. Meanwhile there are lots of stories to keep on top
of. Here's a few ideas of what's coming up in the next show: We find
out how limb pink foot's mum copes in the aftermath -- Little Pink
Foot's mum copes after her treatment. We bring you the latest
-- latest on Aster, will she be given her marching orders? And will
brave meerkat Ernesto survive his snake bite? You can keep up to date
with the Planet Earth Live stories on the web, Twitter and Facebook.
On Wednesday, I'm going to be joined in the Northwoods of
Minnesota by the bear man himself, the man who makes all of this
possible here in the Northwoods, Dr Lynn Rogers. He's got a PhD in
bears. He's a zooologist and he is the only man in the world that
walks with wild black bears. He has some of the cutest friends in the
world and he'll be sitting next to me on a log right here on Wednesday.
We'll see you and we'll meet him then.
I'm looking forward to that. We're halfway through this incredible
adventure now. I'd like to say, thanks to all of our crews, they're
out there in the field throughout the world filming the stuff that
brings you some incredible stories on the strifes and troubles facing
animals in the wild right now. animals in the wild right now.
That's pretty much it this evening. Remember the adventure goes on. It
Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury have the latest news on the three-week global wildlife event. For the animals they are following, May is the most challenging month of their lives.
In Kenya, Richard updates on the lion and elephant families, while over in Minnesota, North America, Julia is in deep with the black bears as the cubs continue to find their feet. Plus news of the meerkats in South Africa and those monkeys in Sri Lanka.