The Trials of Life

Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers. This episode concentrates on animal communication. In Kenya, Attenborough accompanies a tribesman who calls to a honeyguide, which in turn answers him and leads the pair to a bees' nest. The tribesman extracts the honey, and some is left to reward the bird. African hunting dogs are shown hunting gazelles, of which the target is the individual that leaps lowest. Larks evade merlin by sending a similar message: by continuing to sing while being chased, it tells the pursuer that its prey is fit and therefore will be difficult to catch. Vervet monkeys' cries are among the most complex. Their utterances are effectively words: a vocabulary that defines each of their predators, so an alarm call is specific to a particular threat. (from

Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers

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Episode 01 - Arriving
Episode 02 - Growing Up
Episode 03 - Finding Food
Episode 04 - Hunting and Escaping
Episode 05 - Finding the Way
Episode 06 - Home Making
Episode 07 - Living Together
Episode 08 - Fighting
Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals
Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers
Episode 11 - Courting
Episode 12 - Continuing the Line