Honey Badgers, Ireland's Wild Rivers Come to KUED
Wed. Feb. 19, 7PM
Honey badger is the “baddest” animal in the animal kingdom. The “thug of the savannah” became a YouTube sensation, with a hilarious Nature parody that got 51 million hits. One of the most fearless animals in the world, the honey badger is renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. This episode of Nature follows badger specialists in South Africa who take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed.
Nature: Ireland’s Wild River
Wed. Feb. 26, 7PM
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lived on the river. He camped on its banks, explored its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, and followed the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons, on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen or heard.