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The Hunger Game

Chris Packham meets animals that use deceptive tactics to find food. Some cheat each other - like sea otters, who demand ransoms after kidnapping pups.

Chris Packham meets a host of animals that use deceptive tactics to find food. New science reveals that some trick their prey, like the manipulative mantis that looks like a flower, and killer whales that set traps using sound.

Others cheat each other - sea otters demand ransoms after kidnapping each other's pups. And in our parks, grey squirrels are at war - stealing raids can only be foiled by a devious sleight of hand.

Some fool other species for food - meet the drongo, an African bird running a false protection racket, and monkeys who steal valuables from humans and then barter for their return. These animal liars, cheats and hustlers really will stop at nothing to get a meal.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:10


    One Way Or Another (Remastered)

  • 00:51

    Isaac Hayes

    Run Fay Run


Role Contributor
Producer Mark Jones
Series Producer Holly Spearing