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Natural World

  • Season 38
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 4: Weasels: Feisty and Fearless

Summary

Weasels are often portrayed as villains and associated with bad behaviour. In an attempt to determine whether that assessment is correct, this documentary employs the use of over 50 hidden cameras to follow the adventures of first-time stoat mum Bandita as she raises her kits in a unique weasel wonderland. Cameras capture the creatures interacting, revealing the true nature of the weasel family - feisty and fearless. Narrated by Julie Walters.

Review

How did weasels get a bad name? We’d appreciate them more if they were called “frolics”, say, or “nippers”. Instead, they’re a byword for deceit when in fact, as this film (first shown in October 2019) proves, they’re clever, courageous and cute.

Regular weasels are tiny – just 15cm long – but much of the programme is given over to the larger stoats, as we watch a stoat first-time mother in a Yorkshire garden guide her lovely kits through to adulthood, fighting off rats and owls along the way. The scene where she goes for a family of owls to chase them off a branch in her territory is brilliant.

We also learn about other cousins of the weasel – ferrets, pine martens and wolverines. The scenes in South Africa testing the intelligence of some orphaned honey badgers are remarkable: boy, are they smart.

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NarratorJulie Walters

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ProducerHannah Ward
Series editorRoger Webb
Series producerHolly Spearing

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