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Natural World

  • Season 36
  • 8 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 2: Hotel Armadillo: Natural World

Summary

The giant armadillo, an animal so elusive few have ever seen it wild in the Brazilian wetlands region known as the Pantanal. David Attenborough reveals how the burrows the armadillos dig create homes for hundreds of other animals. Until recently man knew virtually nothing of this species, but Arnaud Desbiez, the founder of the Giant Armadillo Project, has changed all that.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Giant armadillos look like huge moving footstools, but they are industrious creatures, digging deep burrows in the Pantanal wetland of Brazil that become home to scores of other species.

Cameras film the visitors to the so-called Hotel Armadillo (the imagery is overworked) including a delightful little furry thing that’s comically cute when it feels threatened by a predator sniffing around outside the tunnel. His display of aggression is pure “angry Clanger”.

The man from the Giant Armadillo Project is clearly smitten by the animals, who are notoriously shy of appearing in public and have to be corralled and drugged so they can be fitted with trackers. “What keeps us going is that we love what we do,” he says.

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NarratorDavid Attenborough

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Executive producerNigel Pope
ProducerJustin Purefoy
Series editorRoger Webb

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