Planet Earth II – Cities

As the population has grown, we’ve urbanised the world around us, changing the way animals live. In the final episode of Planet Earth II, David Attenborough focuses on cities and the kind of animals you can find close to home.

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Stallion

Upon the endless prairie
where time stands still
we clash in an eruption
of hooves and desperation

Kick me in the jaw
and I’ll kick you right back
this is my home
I won’t give it up

Sand hisses
like venomous snakes
beneath us as we struggle
churning up the days

I can keep this up for a thousand years
raging against your blows
here is my line in the sand
and you will not cross it

Women watch us
their fates tied to the victor
a story as old
as the distant mountains

My herd gives me strength
you crumble into dust
and the next contender
arrives to take your place

Oasis

Loneliness is quicksand,
you wallow, you sink
but on the edge of that mire

you will find an olive branch
sent by a friend
reach for their hand

Self-pity is a desert
in which dreams are starved
friends are the oasis
drink deep, drink heartily

Among a sea of doubt
friends will brave storm and circumstance
to stop you from drowning

Friends are the oasis
drink deep
live well.

The Ingenuity Of The Golden Mole

Deserts are known to be harsh environments, testing even the most resilient animals. Yet one of the most adaptable is a creature that’s rarely seen. The golden mole is a small, burrowing animal that lives in Southern Africa and recently had a starring spot on David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II series. The species isn’t a true mole, rather a convergent family called Chrysochloridae.

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Planet Earth II – Grasslands

Grasslands cover much of the earth and provide a home to many species of animals. From towering elephants to tiny field mice, the grass supports a range of life. In this week’s Planet Earth II, David Attenborough shows us what it takes to survive in these unique environments.

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How You Can Help Save Britain’s Bees

Insect pollinators like bees have always been useful for the environment, and their benefit to people has been well documented. Our relationship with them goes as far back as 6000 BC in Spain, with humans relying on honey for food, medicine and candle-making. Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 90 flowering crops, including apples, cucumbers, cherries, blueberries and avacados.

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Walking A Tight Rope With The Bateleur Eagle

A feature named ‘The Hunter’s High Road.’ Check back to see an animal that represents the apex of predatory evolution. Carnivores come in a range of shapes and sizes, using a variety of tricks to catch their prey. Some are powerful, some are beautiful. All are deadly.

The hunter I’m focusing on today is the Bateleur Eagle, named after the French word for street performer. The name comes from the bird’s characteristic habit of rocking its wings from side to side when gliding. This gives it the appearance of a tight-rope walker, as if the eagle is catching its balance.

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Why Are Harris Hawk So Successful At Hunting?

Birds of prey are some of the most effective hunters in the world, ranging from nimble falcons to powerful eagles. One of the most fascinating is the Harris Hawk, the only raptor known to hunt in packs. Recognisable by their chestnut plumage and long yellow tales, Harris hawk are found in southwestern America, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Britain.

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