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Life lessons

Duration: 02:28

As a new day dawns, the young pups go foraging for food with the adults for the first time. The swimming pool is a perfect place to start out with young kids and some of them seem perfectly at home and take a dip in the water - usually, banded mongooses only take to the water if they need to get away from predators. At nearly three weeks old, these pups still have a lot to learn about foraging with the adults. There are a few basic rules. First they must stay as close to their family as possible, as a lone pup will have little chance of survival. Second, forging close relationships with a young adult who can act as an escort is also vitally important for a pup. The best escorts will be able to teach them the ropes and can be a great advantage. The pups will fight over the best escorts and young adult, Ginger, despite having dropped one of the youngsters down a drain, is considered a prize.

Available since: Tue 9 Mar 2010


Camera Operator
Ralph Bower
Camera Operator
Mark MacEwen
Camera Operator
John Waters
Camera Operator
Luke Barnett
Camera Assistant
Helen Johnson
Dr Michael Cant
Dexter Fletcher
Production Manager
Janelle Backes
Production Manager
Anna McGill
Colin Jackson
Executive Producer
Wendy Darke
Assistant Producer
Louise Emerson
Will Slater

This clip is from

Banded Brothers Episode 4

4/4 Tensions rise within the Banded Brothers family.

First broadcast: 14 Mar 2010

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