Episodes

Episode 1

We don’t think of Australia as the home of camels, yet in the middle of this vast continent there are over a million feral dromedaries roaming around.

Episode 2

The Cassowary is a gigantic bird with a fearsome reputation, It has earned the dubious reputation of being the most dangerous bird in the world

Episode 3

The ING team uncover the evolutionary mystery of how turtles developed shells to protect themselves from some of the sharpest-toothed predators on the planet.

Episode 4

The thoroughbred racehorse is one of the greatest athletes on the planet – galloping with incredible speed and stamina - for such a large animal. It is the result of unnatural selection, and exists on a knife edge between glory and catastrophic failure.

Episode 5

The team head to the largest population of hippos in the world.

Episode 6

Australia's most iconic animal – the kangaroo.

Inside Nature's Giants: Dinosaur Bird

The Cassowary is a gigantic bird with a fearsome reputation. It can be taller and heavier than a full-grown man and is armed with 5-inch talons that have actually killed humans. It has earned the dubious reputation of being the most dangerous bird in the world, yet unless the Cassowary feels threatened it struts quietly around the jungle and occasionally the coastline.

 

Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg carry out a dissection on a Cassowary that was hit by a car. Unfortunately, such accidents are quite common on roads that cut through their territory. The team investigates the mystery of how it produces its deep resonant mating call, how it evolved to have such stunted wings and such sharp talons; and the extraordinary breathing apparatus of this giant bird.

 

Meanwhile Simon Watt learns how to break in and ride a wild camel from champion camel-jockey Glenda Sutton. He discovers that although this animal does spit and kick – there’s much more to marvel at than its cantankerous reputation.

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