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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities
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Series 1 - Episode 3
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It’s no wonder scientists are fascinated by naked mole rats. It seems that
they feel no pain, have an iron constitution, and live nine times longer than any similarly sized rodents. But why? Sir David digs deep to unearth their secrets.
We begin, however, with another wrinkly animal with a slow metabolism. The elephant, whose trunk contains over 100,000 muscle units and can pick up a log or single blade of grass, can live to the age of 70.
What the series lacks in lush landscapes and beauty shots, it more than makes up for with extraordinary stats. It’s the best kind of educational television.
David Attenborough encounters two species with wrinkly skin, where nature has tinkered with the ageing process to different effect. The mole rat retains its looks while growing old and the elephant looks old from birth, yet both creatures live relatively long lives.
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