Spy in the Wild started on the BBC last week with an episode that must have been named after our mixed-up vole: Love. It had lots of great footage filmed by animatronic ‘animals’ in the midst of real animal communities. Highlights included showing animals mourning for their community members that had died, and animals enjoying themselves by playing together: jumping and flipping or singing and calling. It was obvious from the first programme how closely related they are to us, but will that be enough to save them?
It also included lots of great greenYgreying too of course, such as the episode’s cover shot of an animatronic African hunting dog:
Not to mention a great shot of greenYgreying ground merging into pristine panacea panoramic POP (PinkyOrangePurple) sky:
The first episode is available on iplayer in the UK; don’t know about availability elsewhere. The second episode is themed Intelligence, so should have even more evidence of animals’ innovation.
Of course, while animals are intelligent in their own way, and perfectly adapted to their environments, they can’t compete with humanity, without humanity’s help, and the current trend is towards a humanity-dominated world with few wild animals in their natural habitats.
As the last episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 2 showed, many animals are adapting to life with humanity, making the most of city life, and the waste left by the human communities.
Each episode of these programmes has enough material to fill several blog posts, like I did with the Art in Nature programme, but there are so many good ones it’s hard to fit them all in.
I kept meaning to include the first filmed footage of a swimming sloth, which was in the first episode of second Planet Earth series.
That was after the sloth became a greenYgrey star of the Ingenious Animals series, which showed it had a special relationship with moths to green its grey hair, and provide better camouflage in the greenYgrey canopy.
Most of the animal life problems are down to the indirect effects of humanity, such as land acquisition and climate change. Because the liberal left tried to push their agendas too much, while ignoring the negatives of human movement, we now have Donald Trump about to become president of the U.S.A. and likely to favour big oil and construction over animal welfare and environment: becoming like a self-fulfilling big bad white guy leader the liberal left can blame everything on… when it was their extremism (seemingly unregulated mass immigration, rise of black power [Beyoncé at Superbowl etc in an election year!], I.S. atrocities and threats etc) that caused his election.
Yellowstone is safe at the moment, but it’s been noticeably warming, and that has had an effect on wildlife there, according to a new trilogy series again on the BBC. Wolves have found hunting harder, as the lack of snow on the ground makes wolves’ padded paws less effective for their twenty-five miles-an-hour runs with their elk and bison food sources. They have all evolved to run at the same speed, but wolves’ padding gives them a much-needed favour in normal conditions.
For lots of fantasy fiction depictions of animal love, intelligence and community life look no farther than the greenYgrey trilogy:
Available to buy or borrow on Amazon and some great big bookshops.