Wildlife wind-ups

It's not only humans that like a good joke, animals play all kinds of tricks on one another in their attempts to gain an advantage. Based around the April Fool tradition, this collection of videos features the weirder side of nature where it's not always easy to tell what's real and what's not. Watch animals play practical jokes on each other and on us, and look back at some real gems from the archives where we've tried to fool you in a wildlife world that's often stranger than fiction.

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13 video clips in this collection

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Animals in this collection

  • A giant cuttlefish breeding male on seabed Giant cuttlefish

    The Australian giant cuttlefish is the largest of the world’s hundred or so species of...

  • Darwin's frog with its young Darwin's frog

    Darwin's frogs have a highly unusual method of brooding and rearing their young.

  • Rabbit in grass with yellow flowers (c) Peter Warne Rabbit

    Rabbits came originally from south west Europe and north west Africa.

  • Alert stoat on woodland floor (c) Judi Mahon Stoat

    Stoats are completely white in winter, except for the black tips of their tails.

  • Close-up of the lyrebird with its beak open Superb lyrebird

    Superb lyrebirds are famed for their extraordinary ability to mimic.

  • A Surinam toad lying on a large leaf Surinam toad

    Surinam toads have a unique spawning ritual and reproduction method.

  • The candiru, a parasitic catfish, swimming underwater Candirus

    Candirus are parasites that feed on the blood and flesh of their victims.

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