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Episode 6: The Super Squirrels

Summary

The extraordinary abilities of the squirrel family are examined, putting their problem-solving to the test on a specially designed assault course. Some of the world's leading squirrel scientists reveal their groundbreaking discoveries - from the fox squirrel who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, to the grey squirrel whose tree-top leaps are the basis of new designs in robotics.

Review

For most of us, squirrels mean the grey variety, the cocky rascals who steal food from bird tables and taunt dogs in parks. They get their share of attention in this programme (a special assault course shows how maddeningly agile they are) but so do other species in the family, including of course the much-loved, tufty-eared, curvy-tailed red.

We follow a tiny orphaned red squirrel in Scotland (his tree was felled) being hand-reared by a conservationist, and see his first steps in the wild – very touching. We also learn some of the accomplishments of chipmunks, prairie dogs and other cousins. The scene where a ground squirrel sees off a rattle snake is impressive, as is the research that suggests your average squirrel in California can remember where he has buried 9,000 separate nuts. He grows his brain a little each autumn specially.

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NarratorOlivia Colman

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DirectorTom Jarvis
ProducerGillian Taylor
Series editorRoger Webb
Series producerHolly Spearing

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  • Episode 6

    The Super Squirrels

    Summary

    The extraordinary abilities of the squirrel family are examined, putting their problem-solving to the test on a specially designed assault course. Some of the world's leading squirrel scientists reveal their groundbreaking discoveries - from the fox squirrel who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, to the grey squirrel whose tree-top leaps are the basis of new designs in robotics.

    Review

    For most of us, squirrels mean the grey variety, the cocky rascals who steal food from bird tables and taunt dogs in parks. They get their share of attention in this programme (a special assault course shows how maddeningly agile they are) but so do other species in the family, including of course the much-loved, tufty-eared, curvy-tailed red.

    We follow a tiny orphaned red squirrel in Scotland (his tree was felled) being hand-reared by a conservationist, and see his first steps in the wild – very touching. We also learn some of the accomplishments of chipmunks, prairie dogs and other cousins. The scene where a ground squirrel sees off a rattle snake is impressive, as is the research that suggests your average squirrel in California can remember where he has buried 9,000 separate nuts. He grows his brain a little each autumn specially.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorOlivia Colman

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTom Jarvis
    ProducerGillian Taylor
    Series editorRoger Webb
    Series producerHolly Spearing

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