The global live wildlife event continues. In Kenya, Richard has more news on the vulnerable lion cubs and the newborn elephant calf. Julia is with the bear cubs in North America.
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This whole adventure is happening in May because this is make or
break month for wild young animals across the planet. Here in Kenya,
the rainy season is transforming everything. These are lean time for
our lions. We are following these and a host of other animal dramas
as they unfold around the world. Welcome back to Minnesota. Our
bears face their challenges bears face their challenges
throughout the month of May. It is crunch time for our cubs as
they prepare to say goodbye to mum for the last time and it is it is
happening in the woods around me. We have got the latest news from
our team out in California as well who have witnessed a remarkable
killer whale attack on a calf. The story never stops. There is so much
going on. We've got reports flooding in 24/7
from around the world. Our camera teams and experts are
following the action as events unfold.
Tonight, we bring you the latest news from our bear families.
Richard heads out into lion country on foot!
And we travel to South Africa to find out if animal can survive his
encounter with a cobra. You can follow the twists and turns
in our animals lives as nature Hello and welcome back to Africa
where the rain is switching off like a tap. I know and this is the
rainy season. The good thing is when it does stop, everything comes
out to play and it sounds glorious. Have a listen to that. All of a
sudden we have got tiny frogs, crickets and everything is out.
We're here to pay attention to to very different animals. Here, lions,
a couple hundred miles north, elephants. I flew up there to find
out the latest. Last time we were watching as Sylvia was being
treated for a life threatening gunshot wound. Both mother and calf
are doing very well. Sylvia's injury is healing well. This is a
ray of hope. The family has a healthy leader. The calf has a
healthy mum. Whilst I was there, I was able to grab time with the
wildlife camera operator who Warren Samuels was born and raised
in Kenya. He has been filming elephants for 20 years.
This is a wild elephant and look, this is the window of our truck.
this is the window of our truck. Absolutely - thank you.
The great thing about this place, the animals have learned that it is
a sanctuary. The minute they step foot outside the park, they become
more aggressive. They know there is the threat of them being shot by
herders or poachers. As we enjoy our close encounter, we
hear that a family of elephants is about to cross the river.
We've got the message, hence the radio left on. It is up to the
elephants. We drive around and follow them. We get there just in
time. We are in luck. It is Grace and Skye's family.
Notice how they formed a protective ring around. The three little
calves in the middle and the adults are around them.
Baby elephants are too small to cope with strong currants and when
rivers are this high, it is a struggle to keep their trunks above
water. Under the water there, Richard. All
you can see is his little trunk. Oh, that is terrifying? She is
using her body to shield against the current.
They are guiding her back in, but that's how you learn, isn't it?
It is as though elephants are conscious of teaching. Just when it
looks like everyone is across, we looks like everyone is across, we
notice a tiny calf being swept away. Oh shame, look at that little thing.
Guy goodness. -- my goodness.
Mum comes to the rescue just in time.
Now that the family are safely across, other elephants come into
play in the shallow waters. They are such endearing little
creatures, aren't they? They don't want to get out.
Looking At them now, would you say they are wild elephants? They are
like somebody's pet elephant. If you were to get this close beyond
the safety of this reserve, we wouldn't get near them. I don't
think there is anything more joy joyous in the world than an
It was beautiful and experts reckon the trumpeting call means, "Let's
the trumpeting call means, "Let's play, come and join in. "it was all
I could resist doing the same, but we saw a hin of how that -- hint of
how that river can change from being a playground to a danger zone.
Warren will keep us updated. We will have the latest from the
little lion cub. But it was three days since we saw the meerkat
family. Well, has it been -- how has it been for the family and the
Last time, meerkat pup Swift and her family known as the Whiskers
decided to spend their night in a borrow belonging to their arch
rivals. Swap swift's cousin was bitten by a snake. His life was
Cameraman, Toby Strong has been filming the drama in this parched
part of the Kalahari Desert. This brave little meerkat managed to
drag himself out of the borrow, but he was going downhill fast. This
venom affects the nervous system. Little Swift seems aware of his
pain and is trying to comfort her cousin, but there is nothing she or
any of them can do. This is a battle he's going to have to fight
alone. Living in such a desolate place
they have their own challenges to face every day, especially finding
enough to eat. Overnight, Swift, has lost 5% of
her body weight simply keeping warm. So after sunning themselves, the
family have no choice, but to head off foraging and abandon the
meerkat. Practically blind and almost
paralysed he tries to follow them. Over the years I've seen different
animals who have died and they tend to take themselves away on their
own. All alone, he finds a quiet place
to curl up. This is the grim reality for
meerkats, living alongside such dangerous predators means from time
to time they do get bitten. But for the rest of the Whiskers,
life has to go. Swift and her brothers and sisters are the future
of the family so they have to keep foraging. Swift is growing up fast
and getting more and more independent every day. Getting to
grips with the varied diet the desert provides. Lizards, giant
milly peeds, camel spiders and and skinks, everything is consumed,
even when hard to swallow. Every day sees new lessons learned
and new encounters. It has been two days since the
meerkat got bitten and the Whiskers have been making their way back to
the safety of their territory. Having been away, the group are vig
land for intruders. -- vigilant for intruders.
They see a lone figure, it could be a scout from one of their rival
groups. They've Spotted him. Here come
Whiskers. Swift is there at the front.
They're going, going, going, going. I've lost them. I've got to move.
The family have their tails up and are primed and ready to go into
battle. But when they reach the lone
meerkat, they get a fantastic surprise, it is their friend. By
some miracle, he is still alive. They are smelling him. They
recognise him. Swift is right in there. Ah, that's amazing. I can't
believe it. We left that male bitten by a cobra two days ago, I
truly thought that was him dead. I haven't seen him for two days and
he has made it back to the group. That's astonishing!
The family are reunited and for Anesta, that's the best possible
outcome, but the Whiskers have to remain vigilant. With a sick adult,
if there was a rival attack now, the result could be tragic. But for
now, everyone is safe and enjoying I know. I know, it is unbelievable
that this tiny little creature, less than a kilo, the meerkat, can
survive a snakebite. It would most probably kill you and I and what
about that reception from the family, how they welcomed him back.
It is so important in meerkat society that big family bond
because they protect one another so much. Welcome back to Minnesota,
the land of 12,000 lakes and 3,000 wolves, but there is only one bear
man and I will be talking to him live in the woods in a few moments.
An update you about little Sybil and what happened to June and Aster,
here is the latest bear news and it We woke up to incredible news about
our bear yesterday. When a crew went out to see if they had split,
Aspen was back. He spent over an hour licking and grooming his
mother and she seemed to accept him back into the fold.
And when we left them last night, all three were together as if they
had never been apart. As for Sybil, the news is good too.
Sheep seems to be gaining in strength and fighting back with her
brother and sister. The cubs are also starting to
explore further afield and are using their new teeth to forage for
themselves. Is this the start of better things
for Sybil Sybil?
What about that, June back with the family and we hope this is the
start of a new beginning for Sybil. I'm live in the woods with Dr
Rogers, hose ground breaking and controversial methods allowed us to
get closer to wild black bears than anywhere in the world. Let's start
start buff athe -- off by the controversy. Some say you are
humanising the bears? No, it is trust over over traps and
tranquilizers. We no longer use the traps and and tranquilizers. They
will go about their lives and let us watch.
Let's talk about spring time in the woods because food is scarce on the
grown for the bears, now isn't it? It is a tough time coming out of
Right now is a hungry time. We have little Sybil there. We can see her
making her first little bites of shoots. He is very, very reliant
onto her mum, isn't she? Totally. Needs the milk? Yes. And the
shelter. She could chew them there, I didn't see her really eat any.
She is experimenting, isn't she? Yes. You and I went on an
experimental hunt for food. You were teaching me about the bear
If I were a bear coming along here, there is antpupee about I would
sniff this rock. If I smell something I would pull it over and
licking it up. OK. Nothing there though. They don't roll them back,
but I do. These are like juicy little things, what are they?
are eating those now. They eat them in this fuzzy stage, all curled up.
This is when they taste good. Tastes OK. Here is something else
right now. What's that? Horsetail. What does that taste like? Not that
good. Here's something a bear would check for grubs. They'd tear into
it like that. What grubs are they looking for? Beetle larvae. They
sniff it first before they waste the energy looking. They snow their
stuff these bears, don't they? Here's an Aspen tree. If I bear was
going to eat the leaves, which they eat at this time of the year, they
climb it and bring the tree down. Then they would strip the leaves
through their mouth, like that. Shall we let this tree loose?
I will let it go. OK. There we go. Do you think I would make it in the
woods? You have a good start. is behaving strangely. I thought
she was being clumsy. What is she up to? They had the wrong ants.
There are the right and wrong kind of ants? She hit the red kind that
bite. OK. Let's explode a myth this a lot of people are talking about
and asking us about on Twitter. Black bears are carnivores, but
that isn't primarily their diet, is it? No. They have the same kind of
teeth that people and primates have, for crushing nuts, chewing
vegetation. These big canine are for biting into logs to get ant
colonies. There we go. It's been a pleasure having you live with me.
Richard, it's a pleasure being in such company of such experts, isn't
it, throughout the series? Absolutely right, visiting with
Warren in Samburu and Warren. No hat and coat, it's dry. It's busy
out there tonight. We have a hippo there, quite a few of them. There
is an African hare on the road. We do have crews out in the field
constantly following the plight of the lonely cub and his mum. These
are the latest. It has been difficult keeping up for her
because she has been on the move looking for food and keeping her
cub hidden. There is little game left in her no-man's land between
the surrounding pride territory. She is a superb hunter, a true
survivor. Fingers crossed for both of them. We asked for a name for
Mojo's mum. We will let you know what is choosen tomorrow. You heard
me say how tough it is out there for Moja and her mum. It was time
for me to see how hard it is to We are leaving camp, setting out on
another mission to see animals. This time, it's a little bit
different. It's going to be OK, isn't it? Yeah, we'll be OK. I'll
make sure that you survive. Thank you! Do you carry oars? Jackson
says there is only way one to experience this place, on foot.
We've been driving around here looking at incredible things for
days and days. To suddenly get out of the car, it's like suddenly
climbing out of a spaceship. Jackson? Yes. I can't help but in
the we are armed to the teeth. We have a guard with a gun, you have a
spear, obviously there is danger out here, primarily what, lions,
they are a danger? I wouldn't worry too much right now. As soon as a
lion is in this bush, he will run away. The things to be scared of,
why we have the guns and the spear and my sword is the buffalo. That
is one animal if I see up close, I get worried. Jackson? Yeah. Can I
have a spear? This is a pork pine footprints. Elephant dung. That is
a buffalo. We have elephants up there. Mother and calf. Do you know
who she is? I don't know her. Just another elephant. It's the rainy
season, so there's little prey for Moja's mum and other lions to
target. The grazers who are around all have their challenges. These
animals have amazing vision. Gazelle can clock 50mph, much
faster than a lion. There are lots of eyes on the look out. Then,
there is the animal that Jackson is most scared of. We've come across a
A big male buffalo weighs almost a tonne. Being hit by one would be
like being hit by a car, with horns and attitude. Jackson, if they
suddenly all charged towards us, what would we do? When they're
charging and you've absolutely no other safety, lie flat. Won't they
tramplu? They will, but you will survive. Then they start stampeding
towards us. Look, they're coming. Jackson, I'll be honest, I'm scared.
It's all right now. We're safe. We're safe. That's good. We're
going to leave them alone. It's like one big train rushing past.
Careful with that spear, you could have someone's eye out. I wasn't
scared, I just said that for effect. When I said it dries up, everything
comes in. This is my new friend, a dung beetle. The point about the
buffalo, there is no way Moja's mum could bring down a buffalo. They
are a useful source of food for hungry prides. They are one heck of
an aopponent. -- opponent. Lions and buffalos are mortal enemies.
Buffaloes try to kill lion cubs at any opportunity. If a lone buffalo
meets a pride, the tables are turned. At this time of year, it's
Right, back now to Minnesota and Julia, with more news, I hope, on
those grey whale calves on their massive migration. We have more
news about the black bears coming up tomorrow. We can concentration
on that grey whale migration. What they are doing is heading towards
feeding ground in the Arctic waters. We have a crew stationed in the
Monterey Bay area where killer Wales frequently attack and kill
them. Killer what else whales have not been seen in the Monterey Bay
area. It's what we have been calling the attack hotspot. The
killers use that area to their advantage for hunting. Because it's
such a bumpy year for the grey whales, more than 1,000 making this
migration, the killer whales can take their pick much they have been
doing that along this coast. This journey has been perilous. This
footage is from yesterday. We will have an update tomorrow. We are
with Dr Lynn Rogers live in the woods. Before we go, time to get
some more expert information. You have been close to black bears, you
take their heart rate and temperature. How hot is it inside
the fur of a bear, it's a double layer of fur, isn't it? With direct
sun, no wind on the fur I measured 185 degrees. 82 degrees Celsius?
Exactly. How do they cool down our lovely bears? When they pant. It
cokes -- soaks in. They have to get to the water. Or expose their under
side to the cool earth. We can see them in the water. That's Jewel and
Herbie and Fern cooling down in the water. You completely understand
that. If I were 82 degrees I would jump in a stream as well or a lake.
They have plenty to choose from here. It's been a pleasure. Thank
you for being with us live in the woods. How much longer do you need
to continue your research? Another lifetime. I wish we had it. Here's
what else is coming up tomorrow: We introduce you 20 to two new Polar
bear cubs emerging into a hostile landscape. Gremlin is being the
social ladder. Can our elephant herd protect their babies from a
raging river. Keep up-to-date on the web, on Twitter and on Facebook.
My beetle flew away. He took off into the of a ran can night. That
The global live wildlife event continues, as the teams present the latest news on all the animal stars. In Kenya, Richard has more news on the vulnerable lion cubs and the newborn elephant calf.
In the woods in North America, Julia is with the bear cubs and has an update from California on the migrating gray whale mothers and calves. Also, there are reports on the monkeys and those charming meerkats.