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Intelligence

Episode 2 of 5

Documentary. Animatronic spy creatures go undercover to explore the world of animal intelligence and reveal their use of tools, self-medication, culture and subterfuge.

The spy creatures go undercover to explore the world of animal intelligence and reveal their use of tools, self-medication, culture and subterfuge. In Borneo, the most lifelike spy creature yet meets real orangutans and discovers how they use human tools. Spy Orang films how they wash with soap and how this behaviour is now part of their wild culture. In one of the most extraordinary scenes ever filmed, a wild orang uses a saw and competes with Spy Orang!

Spy Otter takes us to the heart of the sea otter colony to reveal their ingenious methods of finding and cracking open a meal. Spy Bushbaby infiltrates the world of chimpanzees to witness their problem solving and tool making, and is even hunted by a curious chimp. Spy Squirrel discovers how real squirrels use intellect and subterfuge to outwit other thieving squirrels.

Spy Ostrich Chick joins hatchlings in a nest and witnesses the daring trickery of the mother as she cleverly lures a leopard away from her vulnerable brood. Spy Termite Mound explores how drongo birds mislead meerkats in order to steal their food. Spy Crow films the world's most intelligent crow as he fashions tools from sticks to extract grubs and uses stones to crack nuts.

Capuchins discover that Spy Rock offers a convenient way to smash open their favourite food. Spy Sloth meets a real sloth and reveals the incredible jungle pharmacy that exists amongst its fur. In a magical scene, Spy Macaw, Spy Peccary and Spy Spider Monkey are our guides to a secret glade where jungle medicine abounds. This revelatory programme reveals that animals are far cleverer than we ever realised.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Mar 2018 16:15

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

  • 00:23

    White Noise Research

    An Afternoon On Condale Lake

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator David Tennant
Producer John Downer
Director John Downer
Series Producer Philip Dalton
Series Producer Rob Pilley
Series Producer Matthew Gordon
Production Company John Downer Productions

Broadcasts

  • Thu 19 Jan 2017 20:00
  • Sun 22 Jan 2017 15:15
  • Sun 22 Jan 2017 17:00
  • Fri 3 Feb 2017 00:45
  • Tue 20 Mar 2018 16:15