Mongoose spa

Warthog's are common sights around the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, and they are not to be messed with. Their tusks are formibable pieces of hardware, used to fend off attacks by predators such as lions, as well as to fight with each other. They should not be underestimated and when an adult male warthog deliberately walks up to the banded brothers mob, they stand their ground. A mongoose could be seriously hurt with one swipe of the warthog's tusks, and even a simple injury could spell the end of any mongoose. But as it turns out these mongooses run a cleaning racket for the warthogs of the Mweya peninsula. By allowing the mongoose to climb all over its body, the warthog has all its ticks removed and the mongoose gets a protein-rich meal. This is a unique symbiotic relationship between two mammal species, and one which benefits both parties. The banded brothers make quick work of their cleaning duties and the warthog goes on its way.

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Role Contributor
Camera OperatorRalph Bower
Camera OperatorMark MacEwen
Camera OperatorJohn Waters
Camera OperatorLuke Barnett
Camera AssistantHelen Johnson
ConsultantDr Michael Cant
NarratorDexter Fletcher
Production ManagerJanelle Backes
Production ManagerAnna McGill
ProducerColin Jackson
Executive ProducerWendy Darke
Assistant ProducerLouise Emerson
ComposerWill Slater

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