How do dogs detect underwater targets; what makes ostriches nature's best marathon runners; how do sloths spend so much time upside down without passing out; and can a pelican bill really hold more than his belly can.
Questions are asked like how do kangaroo moms churn out so many joeys; why don't spiders get stuck in their own webs; how do foxes find water in the desert; and what's the secret to the chameleon's perfect strike rate.
Questions are answered, like why cows are always chewing; whether rhinos have a sensitive side; what the loudest animal on earth is; why star-nosed moles have such weird noses; and why rattlesnakes release their prey.
In this episode, the mystery of how an orchestra gets an alligator fired up and flirty. Back in the 1940's, an orchestral fundraiser at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, caused a stir. As the orchestra hit a particularly low note some live exhibits, American alligators, went crazy. Playing the tuba to a tough crowd of reptiles at a gator farm creates the same effect and it's not long before these grizzly gators perform an amazing, hissing water dance.
A game of underwater copycat shows on how dolphins are one of the animal kingdom's biggest brainiac's. They can mimic humans swimming and doing handstands, even when they are blind folded and cant's see them. But how? It seems dolphins have skills that put us to shame the secrets behind a gecko's incredible and unique feet are revealed. They are not sticky, they have no little suction cups, so just how do these cute little topsy-turvy lizards walk across the ceiling?
In this episode, we ask: how do cats detect earthquakes? How do owls hunt in total darkness? How do cheetahs accelerate more quickly than a supercar? How do sea otters keep warm in icy waters? And, how do ants heal their wounded?
What does a dog's tail wag really mean; are cockatoos the cleverest members of the animal kingdom; why are zebras black and white; what's the secret behind a crocodile's powerful jaws; and how and why do chameleons change color.