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.
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