How do animals survive in the wild?

Whether predator or prey, every wild animal on the planet faces a daily struggle for survival. Watch this series to learn more about the lives of everything from crocodiles to ocelots.

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A Caring Crocodile

A momma crocodile carefully lifts her hatchlings to the water's edge, showing the reptile's surprising gentle side. Watch this Animal Planet Video


A momma crocodile carefully lifts her hatchlings to the water's edge, showing the reptile's surprising gentle side. Watch this Animal Planet Video
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A Caring Crocodile

Although these large mammals have a ferocious name, there has never been a documented case of a killer whale attacking a human.
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A Man Among Orcas: Confronting a Killer

An ocelot bites off more than it can chew when it tackles a tamandua in this exciting Animal Planet video.
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Amazon Claws: A Ocelot Defeated

The giant anteater seems cobbled together from mismatched parts but is highly effective at what it does. See anteaters' unusual attributes in this Animal Planet video.
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Amazon Claws: An Odd Design

Angry ants send a pair of hungry sloths packing in this Animal Planet video.
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Amazon Claws: Ants vs. Sloth

Infant armadillos are completely helpless and have very few fully formed features. Their claws, however, are already developed at birth. See a baby armadillo up-close in this Animal Planet video.
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Amazon Claws: Armor-Clad Claws

Meet a tiny, timid member of the claw family, the silky anteater. Despite his size, this little creature can devour as many as 5,000 ants or termites in an hour. Meet the silky anteater in this Animal Planet video.
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Amazon Claws: The Silky Anteater

A prairie dog sounds an alarm to alert its party of an approaching coyote. Their organization and early warning system proves an effective defense against danger. See how they work together in this Animal Planet video.
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America's Savanna: Sounding the Alarm

In this clip from Animal Planet, watch as an adorable litter of banded mongoose pups takes its first look at the outside world.
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Bandits of Selous: Mongoose Pups

In this Animal Planet video, meet the most feared snake in Africa: the black mamba.
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Black Mamba: One Scary Snake

The Butaan lizard was lost to science for 135 years. Now that it's back on the radar, can we keep it from vanishing for good? Find out in this video from Animal Planet.
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Butaan the Lost Dragon: A Forgotten Species

A rescued Butaan is carefully studied, marked, and then released into the wild with a low-tech tracking system in this Animal Planet video.
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Butaan the Lost Dragon: A Rare Encounter

A camera crew attempts to capture the rare and elusive Butaan on film for the first time. Will they succeed? Find out in this video from Animal Planet.
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Butaan the Lost Dragon: Incredibly Camera Shy

Can a dog keep cheetahs from attacking livestock? Find out in this Animal Planet video.
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Cheetah: Race Against Time Cheetah vs. Canine

A pack of cheetahs stalks the meat-mobile in this Animal Planet clip.
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Cheetah: Race Against Time Feeding Time

Meet Laurie Marker, aka "The Cheetah Lady," and find out why she has devoted her life to helping these animals in this video from Animal Planet.
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Cheetah: Race Against Time The Cheetah Lady

In this Animal Planet video, a new cheetah mom races to catch a meal for her cubs.
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Cheetahs: Fast and Furious Running for Cubs

See a pair of Tasmanian devils live up to their name as they battle to see who gets first crack at some road kill in this video from Animal Planet.
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Cute and Cuddly Dads: Rasslin' Over Roadkill

This family of African elephants is taking a trip to find more fertile grounds. The fate of the entire heard rests with their 50 year old matriarch. Witness their journey in this Animal Planet video.
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Elephant Family: Bonds for Life

Under the hot sun of the Namib Desert, four-week-old orphan elephant Himba is awakened by his aunt before taking a trip to find fresh vegetation. Watch him start his day in this video from Animal Planet.
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Elephant Nomads: Rise and Shine

An elephant oasis is discovered in the middle of Botswana. An elephant with a tracking device leads ecologist Dr. Mike Chase to this secluded spot, and to new conclusions about elephants.
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Elephants Breaking Boundaries: An Elephant Oasis

Is this the saddest elephant ever? A young elephant calf loses hope in its quest to find food. Ecologist Dr. Mike Chase attempts to give it a second chance.
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Elephants Breaking Boundaries: Saddest Elephant Ever?

In this Animal Planet video, Na'abi the hyena princess allows a pack of cheetahs to serve up dinner, then moves in for the rewards.
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Hyena Princess: A Meal for a Princess

Raising leopard cubs in the Kalahari desert isn't easy, and predators are constantly looking for an easy meal. Will jackals devour this leopard's precious litter? Find out in this video from Animal Planet.
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Kalahari Supercat: Endangered Litter

It's dry season in the Kalahari Desert, and food is scarce. This supercat must draw on all her skills in order to ensure survival in this video from Animal Planet.
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Kalahari Supercat: Survival Skills

A king cobra mom keeps her eggs warm and well-defended in this video from Animal Planet.
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King Cobra and I: A Nesting Cobra

Because king cobras are immune to each other's venom, competing males engage in an ancient ritual to settle territorial disputes. See the rare and amazing even in this Animal Planet video.
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King Cobra and I: Cobras Lock Horns

Romulus Whitaker rescues a reluctant king cobra in this video from Animal Planet.
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King Cobra and I: To Catch a Cobra

After an uncomfortable confrontation, Meena Wenkat watches an Asiatic lioness stalk and take down a deer in this video from Animal Planet.
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Last Lionesses of India: Lioness on the Hunt

After two months of patiently waiting, documentary filmmaker Simon King is allowed, for the first time, get within just a few feet of a meerkat family. See what happens in this clip from Animal Planet.
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Meerkats Unmasked: One of the family

It's cheetah against gazelle as a hungry cheetah breaks the norm and attacks an unsuspecting gazelle. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Cheetah Fights Gazelle

Life isn't easy in the Serengeti. In order to keep their family fed, a cheetah must give chase to catch its dinner and keep its kill. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Cheetah Kills

Gharial crocodiles fight for a prime nesting site, a sandbar, one of the last left in their diminishing habitat. This clip contains never-before-seen behavior. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Crocodile Mating Ritual

Gharial crocodiles defend their nest sites from one another, as well as a mugger crocodile, something that has never been seen before! Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Defending the Nest

Over 500 crocodile babies take their first steps in life. All 500 of them came from from 16 gharial crocodile nests, all laid on one tiny island. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Gharial Crocodile Babies

The body of the Red-Faced Ukari monkey defies logic. Find out the mysteries surrounding the body of this mystifying creature. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Monkey: Head Like a Tail

Tigerhounds meet tigers for the first time. Will their training pay off? Can they work together as a unit to face down a tiger? Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Tigerhounds

In order to battle the killer habits of an Indian tiger, a village must train their wild dogs and teach them to work as a team. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Training Tigerhounds

Find the answer to the riddle of why the Red-Faced Ukari monkey stays true to its moniker. Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom."
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Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom: Why the Red Face?

When gibbons are rescued, they are brought here, an island near Borneo where they are rehabilitated and even bred to return to the wild.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: A Home for Gibbons

A lone lioness stalks a newborn wildebeest calf in Zambia. Watch her sprint an extraordinary distance of over 100 yards to catch her meal. (From "The Last Lioness," Season 8)
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: A Lioness Hunting

A female panda is only able to conceive a cub during a 24-72 hour window once a year. That fact coupled with their habitat being threatened means that giant pandas are on the brink of extinction.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: A Rescue is Underway

A black bear mother, "June," is torn between her 18-month-old cubs and an attractive male named "Big Harry." Will she abandon her cubs for new love? (From "Bearwalker of the Northwoods," Season 8)
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Bear Mother Finds Love

Biologist and bear expert Lynn Rogers demonstrates how black bears scent mark their territory to attract female bears. (From "Bearwalker of the Northwoods," Season 8)
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Black Bears

Christmas Island red crabs launch their eggs at the ocean's edge, which hatch into swimming crab larvae. These larvae may be why whale sharks are visiting Christmas Island.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Christmas Island Crabs

A pregnant dolphin, Puck, is due late in the season, during the dangerous time when tiger sharks infiltrate the area. Will she and her newborn calf survive the shark season or will their vulnerability mean certain death?
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Dolphins in Shark Bay

Male African forest elephants have traveled to a secret clearing in search of females. The younger bulls mimic their elders; for them, this is an exciting time to learn what it's like to be an adult elephant.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Elephant Copycats

Sancho, an orphaned 6-month-old giant river otter, finally learns how to catch his own meal. Watch this video from "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" on Animal Planet.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Fishing Lessons

The secret lives of African forest elephants are finally being exposed thanks to the discovery of a secret clearing in the Central African Republic. Why are they drawn here?
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Forest Elephants

In Indonesia, a young conservationist is on a quest to save gibbons. Using the power of radio and popular music, "Chanee" gets his message out to a new generation.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Gibbon Radio

Two otters, a mother and her pup, have taken up residence in a very exclusive boating club. They seem to fit right in and have made friends with the owner of the slip they reside in.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: High Class Otters

Moving a family of elephants from one park to another is no easy task for these rescuers and safety is of the utmost concern.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Moving Elephants

When pandas on loan to international zoos give birth to cubs, those cubs are the property of China and must be returned home to mate. A panda returned to China gets to royal treatment.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Pandamania

If prairie dogs have a language second only to humans in complexity, would it stand to reason that prairie dog pups babble just like human babies?
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Prairie Dog Baby Babble

Prairie dog language may only be second to humans in its complexity. They even have words for different predators and features of predators, which helps them communicate quickly and efficiently when under attack.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Prairie Dog Language

Baby Samoo is now four months old and his mother Puck believes he is finally ready to wander off on his own. But without the protection of his family, will the calf become prey to the lurking tiger sharks?
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Stranded Dolphin Calf

Tagging a whale shark isn't easy. The giant fish's skin is thicker and tougher than any animal in the world, and when this diver moves in, the shark adopts a defensive posture.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Tagging a Whale Shark

"Lady Luiwa," the last lioness left in Zambia's Liuwa Plains National Park, forms an extraordinary bond with a wildlife cameraman. (From "The Last Lioness," Season 8)
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: The Lioness

When a territorial male otter tries to mate with a mother otter, the mom instead tries to protect her pup. The resulting battle puts her in critical condition, and her pup is lost.
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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom: Vicious Otter Battle

In this clip from Animal Planet, the parenting techniques of the humpback whale are discussed. After they are born, humpback whale calves have to swim alongside their mothers for a 3,000 mile journey into colder waters.
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Natural Born Winners: Humpback Parenting

In this Animal Planet video, a scientist goes on a mission to understand how octopuses survive in the waters surrounding the volcanic islands of Stromboli, Italy.
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Octopus Volcano: Surviving Under the Volcano

Diana Tilden-Davis witnesses a wildebeest's first steps. Learn more about wild animals in this clip from Animal Planet's "Okavango Untamed" series.
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Okavango Untamed: A 'Beest' is Born

Diana Tilden-Davis squeezes into a fake log to view lions. Learn more about wild animals in this clip from Animal Planet's "Okavango Untamed" series.
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Okavango Untamed: A Log's Eye View

A floating camera faces off with a territorial hippo. Learn more about wild animals in this clip from Animal Planet's "Okavango Untamed" series.
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Okavango Untamed: Eye on Hippos

Lions investigate the latest in wildlife surveillance -- a Cam Car. Learn more about wild animals in this clip from Animal Planet's "Okavango Untamed" series.
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Okavango Untamed: Light on Lions

Watch as a hippo teaches Diana Tilden-Davis a lesson about personal space. Learn more about wild animals in this clip from Animal Planet's "Okavango Untamed" series.
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Okavango Untamed: When Hippos Attack

It's mating season for the red pandas, also known as Fire Cats, and Bigface is making moves, but will Mini accept his advances? Watch this video from Animal Planet.
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Return of the Fire Cat: Mating Season for Red Pandas

It seems that Mini has disappeared, and the team searches for her throughout an Indian park.  Watch what happens in this Animal Planet video.
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Return of the Fire Cat: Search for Mini the Red Panda

Free in the park Sweety makes sure to enjoy her many travels.  Does this adventurous panda know that danger could be lurking just around the corner? Watch this Animal Planet video.
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Return of the Fire Cat: The Adventurous Panda

Adolescent penguins are quite different from their more mature, adult counterparts. In this Animal Planet video, adolescent penguins are seen learning how to behave.
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Return to Penguin City: Adolescent Penguins

In this Animal Planet video, Saba Douglas-Hamilton lingers too long in rhino country. When an aggressive male rhino takes notice of her, she has only a log for protection.
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Rhino Nights: Nowhere to Hide

A snow leopard takes full advantage of its camouflage in the mountains, allowing it to stealthily pursue its prey.
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Snow Leopard's Lair: In for the Kill

Ruthless and opportunistic, leopards are known to eat carrion, as well as live prey. However, lions remain a constant threat on the savanna.
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Stalking Leopards: Savanna Survivors

Thought lions didn't like to get their feet wet? Think again! These big cats are just as dangerous on water as they are on land, as this clip from the Animal Planet's "Swimming Lions" reveals.
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Swimming Lions: A Lion in Water

In this Animal Planet video, tensions run high when drought forces thirsty elephants into lion territory.
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The Elephant Hunters: Forced Into Lion Territory

Watch this clip from Animal Planet's "The Lost Elephants of Timbuktu" to find out where the elephants of Timbuktu "disappear" to in the middle of the year.
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The Lost Elephants of Timbuktu: Secrets Revealed

A nighttime visit from a tiger shark in the Bimini islands may help scientists solve mysteries about their behavior. Watch the encounter in this Animal Planet video clip.
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Tiger Sharks: A Piece of the Puzzle

Do the maneless lions of Tsavo deserve their reputation for agressiveness towards humans? Watch this video to learn more about these unique and dangerous animals.
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Tsavo Lions: An Aggressive Lion?

Two very special - and highly endangered - wombats begin to blossom during training in a rescue center.
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War of the Wombats: Wombat Rescue

The pit viper is one of the deadliest creatures on the planet. Learn more about the pit viper's deadly arsenal in this clip from Wild Kingdom's "Way of the Warrior."
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Way of the Warrior: The Well-Equipped Warrior

A great white shark displays a combination of brute strength and cunning stealth. Learn more about this shark's vicious hunting tactics in this clip from Wild Kingdom's "Way of the Warrior."
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Way of the Warrior: The White Warrior

The female black widow is much more poisonous than the male. Learn how black widow spiders snares unsuspecting guests in this clip from Wild Kingdom's "Way of the Warrior."
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Way of the Warrior: The Widow Warrior

Along the shores of Lancaster Sound, deep inlets called fjords host a surprisingly large number of animals, such as cod and narwhals.
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Whales of the Midnight Sun: Out to Sea

Wild dogs hunt for the first time in the wild after being raised in captivity. Will the inexperienced pack ever be able to feed themselves? Watch this video from Animal Planet's "Wild Dog Island."
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Wild Dog Island: Wild Dogs Hunt

Watch out Desperate Housewives -- the Wild Ladies of Viramba are ready to take over your spots. From politics to fighting, there's never a dull moment in baboon society. Check out this clip from Animal Planet's "Wild Ladies of Viramba" to learn more.
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Wild Ladies of Viramba: Feeding and Fighting

The wolverine has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous, ravenous animals in the wild -- but few people have seen the creature up close. Learn more this vulnerable species.
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Wolverine Revealed: Dangerous or In Danger?

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