Episode 8 Planet Earth Live

Episode 8

Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury present the final live update. It is a chance to say goodbye to the bears, lions, elephants, meerkats, monkeys, whales, otters and more.

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We've been following individual animal dramas throughout the month


of May, 2012. As this critical month draws it a close, what does


it mean for our meerkat, Swift? Our macaques, Gremlin, and all of the


other animals? As we head into June and beyond, how will it affect


their chances? This is Planet Earth Live.


Jumbo! I still think that is the friendliest greeting anywhere why


the world. Welcome back to the Masai Mara. This is starting to


feel like home to me. If you have been following from the start,


maybe it is feeling like home to you as well. We have been following


incredible stories. Stories we could not have possibly predicted.


Tonight we have the final story. Even today, there are breaks news


stories flooding in from our teams. None bigger than that, but the one


coming in from 8,000 miles away, from Julia and the rest of the team.


Hello, welcome to the state of Minnesota. It is the 12th largest


state in the United States of America it is home to more than 5


million humans and 25,000 black bears. As you can see it is a


little damp here today, but it has not dampened our spirits. It is a


defining month, May, for the black bears. It's the first time they


emerge from their dense. They eat the first food in six months and


for the me mail it is is the arrival on the scene of the males.


The males are now in town. We promised we would do our very best


to capture the males on camera. They are very elusive, it is very


difficult to do. We have done that and more. Remember this fellow? We


caught him on the camera trap. We sid -- said he was about three or


four years of age. We said he would be cheeky and sneaky if he were to


mate with a female. Well, he has been both sneaky and cheeky. One of


our team-mates followed him into a den where he mated with an old lady


braif brave. What happened next, we have -- lady, Braveheart. What


happened next, we have found out is very rare, to capture it on film is


very rare indeed. Braveheart is June's niece. She has lured this


male in with her scent. She leads him into the bushes, to


get away from the prying eyes of the neighbours.


And because he is a little smaller In the bear world this delicate


dance is called fluttering. It's exhausting work for both of


them. Braveheart grooms him for ticks as


a way of maintaining their bond. Usualally, mating bears would stay


together for a week. But for this loving couple it was


Aw! Some bear love. Because it is so rare we don't know very much


about the behaviour. We don't know the success rate. We don't know how


many times that the bears meet in their encounter, but we ne that a


mixed litter is not usual with other bears. We captured June on a


camera trap. There she is. Back then she's got her three year lings


with her. What this means, let me do that for you, what that means is,


getting rid of the rain there, is that Braveheart has ejected her


year lings in a family break-up. What we are waiting to find out is


whether or not June has done the same. We are following June, Aster


and Aspen. Has she broken up with her year lings? We will let you


know later on in the programme. Also, I shall be saying farewell to


Juliet and her three cubs, Sam, Sybil and Sophie. So, a lot of


change happening here, Richard, it is change for you in the Masai Mara,


I know, the advent of a new animal moving in? Oh, yes.


Big news to change everything for Moja and Nyota.


Here is a tree, I will tell you why this is the lion's favourite tree,


but here is the thing. You may have noticed that it has not been


raining in the Masai Mara. I have noticed the difference, have a


listen... That is the sound of the dry season. Every insect in the


Masai Mara coming out to chirp the night away. The arrival of the dry


season means one big thing. The arrival of mass migration, hundreds


of thousands of wilder beast coming in to feed on the lush, long


grasses that are ready for them. A couple of days ago, I got wind of a


herd of zebra, loitering with intent. I rushed to spot, hoping to


spot one of the first arrivals to cross into Moja and Nyota's fertory.


Right behind me, the zebra crossing the river, they are the vanguard.


Right at the very tip of that migration.


It's a new time for the Mara and for the lions.


What an absolutely magical moment. This is just the beginning.


On its way from the grasslands of the Serengetti, one of the greatest


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Nyota and the other lions will soon Being there, for us all, seeing the


first few zebra crossing, that pivotal moment, the turning point,


the start of a new time for the lions, we are so lucky to see that.


If we have learned one thing, it is never easy for a lion, whether you


live in a pride or on your own it is a constant trial of survival and


the Masai Mara, it is one of the many few great seasonal changes


happening around the world this month. May has seen the end of the


rainy season as cross the tropics. For grassing across Africa, the


times of grazing has become and not a moment too soon for the preders


to, but as the month -- pret tors, but as the month draws to a close,


parts of Africa end in another long, dry season and in a few months,


many of the animals will be forced to disperse once more. It is a


similar pat northern Sri Lanka, where a hot and humid May is about


to give way to drought. In the Northern Hemisphere, the spring has


been unseasonaly warm. In some places, the snow melted a month


early. Ahead lies the bounty of the summer, a vital chance to stock up


before the long northern winter. Even further north in the Arctic,


May, 2012, has been the exception with warm temperatures causing the


sea ice to break up early. This is having a profound effect on the


lives of the animals there. Down in the Southern Hemisphere, winter is


on its way. Life in the Kalahari is set to get tougher. Nature is


complex. Every year is different. May 2012, has presented unique


challenges for animals around the globe.


So, that's the big picture. Huge seasonal changes coming around the


globe that will have profound effects for all of the young


animals that we are following. 2,000 miles south of the Kalahari


desert, the winter is coming, which means for the meerkats that the


This is Swift. She's just woken up on a cold winter's morning in the


Kalahari desert. This is one of the toughest places


to grow up, but Swift is one of the lucky once. She is part of an


kprepgsal family, called the Whisker. Over the last month,


they've been teaching here all of the tricks of the meerkat trade.


Camera man Toby Strong has been watching Swift and her three sible


ings make the first steps towards - - siblings make the first steps


towards independence. The dark chests are like solar


panels soaking in every drop of of the dawn's first rays.


Recharged, they head out into the desert for a day's foraging.


Swift is growing fast, living on handouts from the family.


But they went feed her forever. Injust a few weeks, Swift will have


to fend for herself. And with winter coming to the


Kalahari, that's just going to get harder.


Almost everything a meerkat eats is under ground.


With their exceptional sense of smell they sniff out a snack and


work like mini excavators, shifting their own body weight in sand in


less than a minute. By watching and mimicking, Swift is


slowly getting the hang of it. The more she practises, the better


she'll get. But today, the adults are on the


hunt for the meerkats' favourite food, scorpions. They are a bit


spicy. Some of the species around here have a sting potent enough to


kill a human. The adults have built up immunity to the venom. They


But for Swift and the other pups, the scorpions present a very real


danger. And the sting could do her some


serious damage. So she has to be trained by the adults in the fine


art of disarming them. With a bite to the tail, Swift's cousin,


Arnesto, himself recovering from a snake bite, make it is safe.


Then it is over to Swift to finish the job. Within a few weeks, she


will be experienced enough to handle one all by herself.


Thanks to this tireless support from the whole family, Swift is


The rains had failed this year, food was thin on the ground. The


pups and Swift had only a 50/50 chance of making it, but by working


as a team, this incredible family have given the pups the very best


start in life. Kalahari breeds tough animals. No-


one em bodies that more than Ernesto. Struck in the face by a


Cobra, and here he is now, back with the group and they are all


thriving. Because of that, Enni spotted


danger, no chances, she's been such a good leader. She's seen this


group through some real hardships. When you look at Swift, she's got


all of attributes. That feistyness, the determination, and she is the


most dominant. When they have war- danced, she'sed been at the very


front of it all. Who knows, in three or four years'


time, Swift could be leading her own little band of meerkats in this


parched corner of Africa. Little Swift may be showing early


leadership potential there, who knows? There is more information on


all of the animals we have been following on our website. So, for


the meerkats, rain means food, but it could not be more the opposite


situation for the lions of the Mara. Even though there are a few zebra


coming through, Nyota is working hard to find a meal.


Its been days since their last meal. Nyota keeps look-out.


Moja wants to stay close, but climbing trees doesn't come


naturally. His neighbours, the cubs of the


Acacia Pride are full of confidence and up for scaling new heights.


Their hunting skills are improving by the day.


The best way to learn is by watching the experts.


They live in one of the richest areas of real estate in the Mara,


but the prey here is fast and vigilant.


Teamwork is everything. The lionesss surround their target.


The net is closed. A baby elan, much slower Ann


adult... They have used up a lot of energy for such a small male and


there are many hungry mouths to feed. Being in such a big family


does have its disadvantages, if you are small you don't get a look in.


One good thing to say, perhaps, for being in a tiny family unit, when


Nyota make it is kill, it only has to be shared with Moja, but with


the warthogs running out by the day, Nyota is going to be lucky indeed


to find anything to hunt in their no-man's land. Nyota spends all


morning at her post. But she is ever alert.


Moja waits patiently, but at a more managable height.


Then, kongoni on the horizon. These antelopes have sharp eyes and


quick feet. By no means an easy meal.


Using the long grass as cover, she approaches unseen.


The kongoni and the crew lose sight of her.


This is the best meal we've seen Moja have in around a month.


Mother and cub eat. Uninterup theed for two days.


At last, his belly is full. Nyota has shown she can take the


most challenging of prey. With a migration just around the corner,


things are about to get a whole lot easier.


We have seen the first few lines of zebra. That is hope for her and


hope for Moja. The first few zebras arriving, this


they are the first of many thousands? Yes, they are the


advance party. They are filtering across. She'll hunt zebra, no two


ways about it. Single lionesses are supposed to


live miserable, dangerous lives, but Nyota has been a revelation.


Every single day she's done something to surprise us, this lion.


We had expected skulking, a kind of tragic lioness, look! And it's been


such a treat. I really want to stay for another three months, please!


We really must not underest mate -- underestimate how difficult it was


to catch that kongoni. Their eyesight is really so good. They


are very, very fast and once again, Nyota has proved herself as a great


mother. So, Moja has had a good feed. More food should be arriving


soon, but what about the long-term hopes for our little cub? Don't


worry, we will address that tonight, but that who exercise has taught us


all, just how critical a mother's care is to the young animals.


Absolutely right, Richard. Critical. Right here in Minnesota, the black


bear females are leaving their scent. The males have moved in,


they are on the parole, they are looking to mate with females. For


the mothers of year lings, in tow, this means that they have to effect


the family break-up as soon as possible. We have seen Braveheart


mating in that extraordinary footage. She has done it, she had


three year lings, but what about June, Aspen and Aster? We are


following their storeys. -- their stories. June has had a couple of


difficult times breaking up with hir cubs, and the latest news? She


still has not broken up with them. There are beautiful scenes of her


with her year lings, Aspen and Aster, they are very much loved up.


They have still very much together. Aspened a Aster, however, are


living on borrowed time it is not long before they have to face the


woods on their own. They have tough challenges ahead of them. We have


spoken about it, the predators, the threat of forest fire, the lack of


food, but perhaps the biggest threat of all to the black bears


here in Minnesota is man. 80% of black bears here in Minnesota will


die at the hands of man. Man and bear live side by side, but so


often the bears get into trouble. Some people here have an inbuilt


fear of black bears. They think of them as wild, carniverous creatures,


some people will simply not tolerate the bears, especially if


they stray on to their property. It is legal to shoot a bear out of


shooting season here in Minnesota, if, and here is the law: If you are


protecting your property. However, the option should only be used if


the bear is causing immediate danger or significant property


damage. So it is a personal judgment call. The sad news is that


on Tuesday one of Lynn's study bears, called Joe was shot. This is


Jo. She is four years old. She had just split from her year ling,


Victoria. We don't know the details, but she had been spotted around the


local town it is incredibly sad that we should lose a bear, even


more so she was a study bear, providing valuable information to


Lynn and his team's research data, that they could have lived off for


years, but he accepts that this is a fact of life here in Minnesota.


He is upset, but accepts it. I asked him the question, what would


happen if one of the mothers would have been shoot? He said simply


that the cubs would die. They are completely reliant on them. So


hearing that news, makes you realise what struggle the cubs have


out here. We wanted to check up on the cubs


before we left, here they are. Looking chipper. Look at them


suckling away. Juliet has her hands full with these two. They are


adventurous, a steep learning curve for Jewel. The cubs are doing well,


Herbie and Fern were the cubs that we saw shivering in the snow. Look


at them now. Since they have come out of hibernation, the good news


is that all of them pretty much across the board have doubled in


weight. So they are doing well, but there is one set of cubs I was keen


to keep up with before I left, that is of course, Sam, Sybil and Sophie,


the cubs that we know belong to Juliet. I headed out to see how


they are, for one last time, also to say goodbye.


This is the furthest I have known Juliet to be away from her cubs.


Let's follow her and see if we can find the cubs. Look at that bottom!


Look at that! I'm going to miss that view.


So, here we are wonder writing the cubs might be.


Silly me... Right at the top of that tree. Look at those bundles.


They come down there readily when the mother returns. It could mean


nursing time. Look at this, Sam, Sybil, Sophie,


hello! She is almost ready to nurse. You can tell.


She is sitting down, starting to lean back.


Look at that Lynn knew exactly when that was coming. She just sits back,


opens up the paws, "I'm ready." There is that noise! They all have


their nipple order sorted out. Sam, who is the mostagile, early on,


he has the high end set. The two females have the best ones,


I can't understand it, but that's why we do research.


Oh, look at that, look at that. After nursing playtime often


follows. It is definitely playtime now. Look


at this little one right by us. They're playing with us! Look at


Sam taking a ride. She doesn't like it! We've been so lucky with this


family of bears, we have seen some very, very special moments between


them, but this... This is She's truly playing with them today.


What's the one thing, Lynn, that you have to say to me as we walk


away and leave this family behind? You are one of the few people that


got to learn directly from the bears, as to how they are like, how


they live. I'm just happy we got to see something like this, I suspect


it will change your perception of Those are moments that I will never


forget in my lifetime. It has been an absolute privilege. Lynn said to


me I am one of the few people in the world who has seen black bears


in the wild in their natural habitat like that it has been an


incredible experience. For the young black cubs, they spend a year


with their mothers before they are set loose to spend time on their


own two feet. Different for the giant outers in the Amazon, here is


Dali. Here is the latest news.


We've been following the story of Dali, a young giant otter cub and


his family, forced to live like refugees. He shares the lake with


over 700 hungry cayman and baby otters are very definitely on the


menu. For his mum and dad, keeping Dali and his five brothers and


sisters alive in the middle of this war zone, meant living life on the


run in a relentless battle for survival. Until one day, they took


a stand and went head-to-head with one of the cayman.


They killed their opponent, but it was a hobble victory. Despite their


bravery and round-the-clock attention, mull and dad lost four


of their six pups. -- it was a hollow victory. The


cameraman returned to the Amazon to see if Dali was still alive. This


is what he found. Seven weeks later, I have no idea. I have not had


reports from the otters, I don't know how many are left in the group.


Scanning the river, suddenly he spots two youngsters.


It is so nice to see that two are still going.


It's a huge relief, but these pups are almost unrecognisable.


Now he is starting to look like a proper otter. He is not a stumpy


thing. He is proper and big. I think that is Dali.


Dali has turned out to be a true survivor and is now the otter


equivalent of a boisterous teenager, keen to eat his parents out of


house and home. This feisty male is vocal in his demands.


Guess what the otter cub is saying is the equivalent to, "Dad, can I


have a business kit? Dad, can have I a banana? Dad, I'm hungry "then


you hear the adult saying, "No, I haven't. You've had enough." It's


like every morning in my house. But Dali is one hungry pup and he


is not giving up the chance of an easy meal.


He is starting to assert his authority.


But he still has a few key lessons to learn.


Gotcha! They are so to each other normally. I mean they are just


about the nicest animals that I know as a family, a group. They


love each other to death, but when there is fish involved they would


kill each other. The cubs are nearly grown up, so I'm not so


worried now. Once they are past the critical point, they can cope, they


have a better chance of reaching full adulthood.


It's clear that young Dali has what it takes to survive in his


dangerous and competitive home in the Peruvian Amazon. Hopefully one


day, he'll bring up a family of his own here.


It is good to see Dali growing stronger, there, like here, the


rainy season is over, which means that the lake will start to dry out,


so, inevitably, clashes with cayman are on the horizon. So little Dali


will need all of the strength and determination he can muster to get


through the next few months. Welcome back to the Masai Mara,


here it is not raining. A few moments ago, we caught a glance


here of these guys, see, the hippo? In the foreground there is a


buffalo too. They are grazing. I am glad we have


got the buffalo. They have become like friends.


Well, I say friends, they are grumpy, but they are familiar. Well,


the ladies, the elephants, now it is the hunting trade. The poaching


is illegal, it wipe out the trade of female elephants. It leaves them


enable to look after their family properly, but there is hope. David


Daballen and his team from Save the Elephants wage a daily battle


against the impact of poaching. They treat wounded elephants,


monitor the herds' movements and monitor and support antipoaching


trails. Amazingly, the elephants seem aware of the dangers that they


face. They are doing all that they can to stay alive. Young elephants


from herds devastated by illegal hunting are now being adopted by


other families. When Grace's mum was only 13 years


old, her family was almost completely wiped out. Elephants had


never been known to care for orphans from other herds, but she


was taken in by the clans. This was the first confirmed case of


elephant adoption, many more have since been recorded.


Even when the families are decimated, this behaviour means


that they can still form and function as groups.


This shows how caring elephants are, but their intelligence goes further.


They know where they are safe and where there is danger.


They are using the cover of darkness to run great distances


from one safe heatwave tonne another.


Elephants are very intelligent animals. They have the ability to


adapt to human pressure. In Samburu, they have learned where


the reserve ends and where trouble begins. Many families that have


been hit hard by poachers do not cross the line.


These adaptations really have only just been discovered and documented.


Doubtless there are many more we don't yet know about. All of which


for me, underlines how complex, emotional, intelligence and like


humans elephants are. Which make it is all the more hard to swallow,


the fact that we are the greatest threat facing them right now. The


good news is in the Samburu Reserve, the elephants can kick back and


party in the sunshine. This is the time what they reassociate with


their bonds. When you are watching this, keep at the back of the mind


what happens when you get back together with your family. Maybe on


the beach, maybe in the summer holidays.


In the heat of the day, elephants head down to the river.


They are in the safety of the shallows and they gather in huge


groups, up to 300-strong. Many of the herds are related. So


this is a chance to catch up with distant relatives and make new


friends. For Sky, Grace and the other babies,


it is playtime. The only thing missing are the buckets and spades.


The older kids gang up and run rye oth! -- riot! Teenage boys flex


their muscles and suss each other out.


The babies still need taking care of, but there are lots of willing


babe sitters on hand. Young childless females, keen to practise


their parenting skills. With all the family, busy having


fun, thewise old mate arcs, finally get a bit of time off. They huddle


together, exchanging greetings, sharing secrets, trumpeting calls


let everyone know it is all kicking off on the beach and send out a


clear message to come and join the party.


I know! It looks like they are messing about, they kind of are,


but it is critical. It ties them together, it reaffirms the bonds.


It is absolutely the centre of elephant life. If you were watching


like I was, thinking this looks familiar, don't worry, they are not


being soppy. They are doing what I do, what we do. When we get


together, my older daughters can't wait to get together with the young


ones and we are chatting with the older ones it is all terribly


complex. Now, family matters, Julia. What is happening? Richard, we are


following the migration of the whales.


They have pulled into the first feeding ground in Vancouver. Here


they are bottom feeders, they will feed now on crustaceans and others


on the ocean floor and if there is a plentiful supply of food they


will stay there. Some of the grey whales will stay there, others will


continue their epic journey, moving to the cooler, OK againated waters


in the Arctic. We began following the story back in April.


-- o xygenated. The grey whales started their life


in Mexico, a few weeks ago, in the warm waters. The calfs sprent three


months in the safe havens, learning to swim, nursing on their Mathers


fat, rich milk, gathering the strength that they will need to


undertake this epic migration. In ape, the first of our mothers leave


the lagoon with the mums, heading north on a journey that lasts up to


three months. But the further north they travel,


the closer they get to danger. In Monterey Bay, our team witnessed


an attack on a mother and calf by killer whales.


Their strategy, to separate the mother and the calf and to drown


the baby. This attack was made even more incredible by the intervention


of humpback whales. These attacks can take up to six


hours, but this one only took two m the killer Wales are becoming more


-- only took two, the killer whales are becoming more efficient. Not


only that, but the killer whales moved from the bay, targeting the


grey whales in multiple locations along the coast.


Many mothers will finish their migration alone.


But for the lucky ones, the journey north continues into increasingly


colder waters. For a few weeks in the spring, the


sun in the Arctic never sets and this bring life to the oxygen-rich


cold waters. The grey whales are arriving in time for one of the


most spectacular events on the planet.


Millions of animals have travelled here to feast in the fertile waters


for a few short months before it freezes again.


The mother whales have led their calves through the toughest trial


they will ever face. The young whale will make this


journey every year on the quest for food.


In her lifetime, she may migrate like this 50 times, travelling the


equivalent of 20 times around the world. That is half a million miles.


She will carry the lessons learned from these journeys for the rest of


That has absolutely been a series high light for me. I love the fact


that on that massive migration, sometimes the calves hitch a ride


on the back of their grey whale mothers. Fascinating creatures.


Mostly, the grey whale is a solitary animal, apart from the


time that they will spend with their babies, there is certainly no


social interaction when it comes to food. They don't need to make


friends, whether it comes to food. Unlike, of course, our toque


macaques in Sri Lanka. The little Gremlin has certainly gotten to


know the structure it is not easy. A little bit like dinner at my


place. We've spent five weeks following


Gremlin, a babe macaques in Sri Lanka.


Camera man Gavin has been watching her, growing up in front of the


camera. This May has been a critical month for her. She's


achieved so much in such a short space of time.


She's learned to talk, she's learned to walk properly, she's


learned to eat solids, and she's learned to avoid certain grown-ups,


but probably one of the most important and difficult things she


has had to learn is how crucial it is to keep her wits about her, in


this highly political and competitive society. She's seen


first-hand the harsh reality of what happens if you don't get


But what of her future? Being near the bottom of the social pile is


always going to cause problems for her.


This is where the life of the oldest but lowest-ranking female,


poppin can provide a valuable insight into what her life may


become. I first met Poppin 15 years ago,


she had had a couple of off-spring then. She is 23 now and has


obviously been a successful monkey. She was and always will be the


bottom of the happy. She has even had to give food from her cheeks to


a high-ranking female if she wants it. It is all about politics.


This is Hector. They are grooming and fussing over him. This is


Poppin of ensuring that she is looked after by him, and her babies.


She has made a success of her life in spite of her low rank and the


recent birth of Richard prove as point. Gremlin will do well to


watch Poppin's tricks closely. She will have to have her work cut out,


avoiding the nasty neighbours, the Slum Dog Troop, of course. Today


she is hanging out with nicer neighbours. The resident troop of


Langers, whose territory overlaps the Temple Tree. They are gentle


leaf eaters. Gremlin's family spend time interacting with them,


grooming and preening them. Gremlin will have to learn the ins and outs


of how to talk to another species. But no matter who you are


neighbours with, you can't beat hajjing -- hanging out with your


family. In the very neech future, she has a few important things to


try to survive. In the next month or so, Sri Lanka is heading into


the dry season. Temperatures can sore into the 40s, when drought and


the search for water will be a huge challenge.


No-one knows if Gremlin will survive in what can be a harsh and


unforgiving world. Her troop's territory among the Temple Ruins is


one of the most epic settings on earth.


Gremlin's own life dramas, may not be as eventful as the political


ones played out here by the Sri Lanka yarian king centuries ago.


But this spirited and smart little monkey is learning every lesson


well so far. She has every chance of making it.


If little Gremlin learns to fit in, her family will be her strength.


That is the same for the elephants we are following up north from here


in Samburu Reserve. When we first met elephant calf, Maya, we thought


she did not stand a chance. Her family had been hit so hard by


poachers, all of the female herd heads had been wiped out, but then


Zadie surprised us all, she was the youngest mother.


After a poor start, Maya and Zadie quickly found their feet, but there


is one challenge that all baby elephants must face, their first


river crossing. The crew watched with beated breath


as Zadie led Maya into the deep, dangerous part of the river.


But Zadie's choices were good ones, there were no crocodiles, the


section of the river was wide, shallow and slow h moving.


-- slow-moving. The success of her calf's first crossing is a measure


of the care she receives. Against the odds, Zadie and the rest of the


herd are doing well. I've met up with them on the other side. I've


come here to say goodbye to little baby Maya. We watched that elephant


from hours after birth up to now, through a difficult time, but they


have managed it against all of the odds. As we leave her, I have a


food feeling that maybe they will get through and carry on.


In the years to come, Ma yarbgs a - - Maya and her family will face


dangers, there is no doubt, but what this has shown us is how


strong elephant families can be. How if they stay together, stay


united they can be OK if they are united.


And Moja and Nyota. When we first saw Moja, we thought he did not


stand a chance. Here he is when we met him. A bag of bones, now here


he is a few weeks later, probably a stone heavier, healthier. We reckon


there is every chance he may make it through the lane times and


beyond. -- lean times and beyond.


The fact that he has grown, obviously, it is only down to his


mother's skill in hunting. Having time to feed properly and get that


food into him. He needs a lot, doesn't he? He might be small, but


he needs a lot? He does. If he grows he needs more food. With the


migration on its way, Jackson thinks he will make it through his


first rainy season. But what does the future hold for


him? He'll stay with Nyota much longer than if he was in a pride.


He will learn from her. Then they will hunt together.


But he will eventually leave her. He will walk far from his


birthplace and become a nomad. To take care of a pride he will


need back-up. He will join forces with another wand err. Together


they can tie and father their own dynasty.


At least one in three prides in these grasslands are ruled by such


coalitions. Moja's future could be a bright one.


Is it being overly romantic and sentimental to say that the tough


beginnings could count in his favour. If he make it is, he will


be strong, he will be clever, he could take after his mother with


his father's genes. It could absurprise. He could be


the king of the Masai Mara, if you think of his granddad, he was the


king. He could have his genes. I would love to see that.


All, right now, all he needs to do is to wake up and climb up that


tree. Climb he does. He will have to master many more skills, but for


now, at least, he's king of the tree.


When we first met the lion Moja, we had no way of knowing he would make


it through this tough month. Now look at us, hopeful for his future.


I suspect that I am probably not alone and that this will change the


way that I will look and think about lions forever. I will always


remember what they have to go through to make it to adulthood and


how every single one of them are tested in ways that you and I are


lucky enough never to know. So each one of them, each lion you see,


embodies the strength and the vitality of their species. We owe


that insight into what make as lion a lion to little Moja. So, thank


you, little fella. We owe you for that. Right, we are near the very


end. I believe we can have a look at our thermal camera. We saw a


giraffe. A rare sight. They don't often move at night, but that one


definitely is not probably sleep- walking.


Also from earlier today. We saw these, now, they are not the best


shots, we could not get to them, they had been hidden, but new


arrivals. Even at this late time during our stay here in the Masai


Mara. These cubs are about a month or so old. They have been hidden


from the other lions, so there you go, the whole thing goes full


circle and we start all over again. Julia, I remember saying when this


started how I was looking forward to immersing myself in the


individual lives of animals, getting a better way of


understanding them. I am not ashamed to say that I have rather


fallen for some of our lead characters? You don't have to be


ashamed Richard, you would not be human if you did not. I have grown


close to the wild black bears in Minnesota. To be immersed in their


lives the way that we have been, almost 24/7, it is incredible. You


see behaviour you would never normally see. As for the whales,


well, their behaviour has been utterly captivating. Such an


incredible experience watching these fantastic creatures.


It is genuinely amazing. I think living alongside the animals we


have learned about what it means to grow up in the wild, all that it


entails, about staying alongside an incredible mother or learning how


much your family can save you. It really has been an incredible


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experience. I for one will never May, 2012 has been spectacular.


Thank you for watching. It has been an absolute privilege, sharing the


Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury present the final live updates from around the world, with the latest news and drama on all the baby animals. It is a chance to say goodbye to the bears, lions, elephants, meerkats, monkeys, whales, otters and more. All of the animals are fighting to survive their most challenging month of the year. Join the team for the last time as they conclude the real-time, real-life animal dramas.

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