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WOMAN: Oh, God, no!

WOMAN: Stop it, bear! Stop it!

NARRATOR: From gentle giants on a rampage...

WOMAN: He's gonna eat the cat!

NARRATOR: ...and feisty felines pushed too far...

WOMAN: Oh, God, no!

NARRATOR: ...to mammoth predators making waves,

and an underwater shark-nado.

[underwater scream]

These are the world's most intense animals

pushed over the edge.

MAN: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Plus, the out-of-control run-ins

get even more insane

when we unlock our unbelievable Freeze Frame.

WOMAN: Stop it, bear! Stop it!

NARRATOR: On Animals Gone Wild.

[growl]

When a tough guy won't leave you alone,

the best defense is a strong offense.

But push back too hard...

WOMAN: Bear, you're breaking my kayak!

NARRATOR: ...and it could get physical.

WOMAN: Bear!

NARRATOR: Berg Bay,

Southern Alaska.

22 miles from the nearest town,

this uninhabited alcove is pristine nature at its best.

The secluded location is home to moose, mountain goats,

and very eager black bears.

EVAN ANTIN: Black bears are really inquisitive and curious,

and this of course helps them when they are looking for food,

especially insects, which makes up the bulk of their diet.

But black bears are fearless hunters,

and they've been known to go after prey items

as large as a moose.

There are even reports of bears

stealing kills from human hunters.

NARRATOR: Mary Maley is on a solo kayaking trip

through Southern Alaska.

She's stopped at a forest service cabin for a quick break,

leaving her kayak parked on the beach.

MARY MALEY: I'm on this kayak trip to meditate

and connect myself with nature.

I arrive at the forest service cabin and unpack all my things,

move them inside the cabin.

I hear a noise and go to the door,

assuming it's the folks staying in the sailboat

that's moored in the cove.

[roar]

I step outside and there's a bear gnawing on my kayak.

Why are you here?

You're supposed to be asleep!

NARRATOR: On this otherwise deserted waterfront,

Mary's got some frightening company.

The bear slams his paws onto the white plastic,

clamps down with his jaws and bites a hole in the hull.

MALEY: Please stop breaking my things!

Bear, stop that!

NARRATOR: Then he manages to flip the kayak over.

MALEY: Bear, you're breaking it!

You're breaking my kayak!

NARRATOR: The kayak's a wreck.

MALEY: There are no roads going to Berg Bay;

the only way to get there is by boat.

If my kayak is destroyed,

I have no way to leave that forest service cabin

and get back to town or anywhere else.

Please stop that, bear!

NARRATOR: With no other option at her disposal,

Mary continues to plead with the mischievous bear.

MALEY: Please stop!

Thank you for leaving my kayak alone.

NARRATOR: And amazingly it works;

the huge predator backs off.

But instead of heading for the hills...

MALEY: Bear!

Bear, stop!

NARRATOR: The bear heads straight for Mary.

MALEY: Please stop!

NARRATOR: In the presence of this dangerous predator,

she needs to choose her next move very carefully.

MALEY: Bear!

Bear, stop!

ANTIN: There are ways to avoid

and try to de-escalate interactions with bears.

You need to make yourself as large as possible,

make a lot of noise and prove to this bear

that you're an absolute threat, and it's not worth it.

MALEY: I'm going to pepper spray you in the face.

That's what I'm gonna do to you.

[growls]

NARRATOR: She fires bear spray into the animal's face.

But is it enough to send this bad boy home?

Miraculously...

MALEY: Go away!

NARRATOR: ...it is.

The bear scrambles into the woods and out of sight.

And later Mary's rescued by a passing boat.

But it's a lesson to anyone traveling in bear country.

MALEY: If I could have done anything differently,

I would have carried my kayak inside.

Go away!

NARRATOR: When capturing your favorite meal

is a huge challenge, you need to up your game.

It'll take teamwork, precision...

WOMAN: Oh, God, no!

NARRATOR: ...and lethal cunning to execute this deadly play.

MAN: Yeah, here they go. Look at this.

WOMAN: God! Oh, no!

NARRATOR: The Antarctic Peninsula.

The northernmost stretch of the polar continent

has its mildest weather.

It's ideal for intrepid travelers to catch a glimpse

of emperor penguins, crab-eater seals,

and one of the most cunning predators in the ocean,

the killer whale.

ROB NELSON: Killer whales, which are also known as orcas,

are born into a really tight-knit family,

and they're able to learn from their parents in this group

how to hunt, how to feed,

how to do everything an orca does,

which is really neat.

The suite of behaviors that orcas learn from one another

is a great example of a truly complex culture.

NARRATOR: On a frigid morning in the Antarctic,

Tom and Sharon Merritt are taking a boat tour

past awe-inspiring glaciers,

hoping to see signs of wildlife.

When a pod of killer whales emerges before their eyes.

TOM MERRITT: These orca are going to attack

this seal on the ice.

NARRATOR: But these whales aren't here to put on a show.

They're here for lunch.

WOMAN: 'Cause they all want to bite him.

NARRATOR: Their prey is a crab-eater seal

trapped on an ice floe.

To capture prey that's out of reach,

they have an ingenious maneuver

they've practiced time and again.

WOMAN: Ooh!

NELSON: The orcas are using a special hunting technique

called wave-washing

where they're swimming in a coordinated attack

to try to wash the seal off of the ice.

NARRATOR: With the seal unshaken from the ice floe,

the orcas will need to regroup for another attack.

And this time they'll need to go big or go home.

T. MERRITT: They're twisting the ice.

NARRATOR: Working together,

they carefully spin the ice floe to just the right spot.

T. MERRITT: Oh, yeah, here they go. Look at this.

NARRATOR: Then, swimming in a perfect line,

the orcas accelerate toward the ice floe,

but the smallest mistake could ruin all their hard work.

NELSON: This attack is a very precise hunting technique,

where they form a straight line,

they have to swim at exactly the same speed

to try and knock the seal off the ice floe.

It takes a lot of energy to do that.

NARRATOR: As they approach the seal,

a huge swell forms and then...

SHARON MERRITT: Oh, God! Oh, no!

Oh, God!

T. MERRITT: It's all over.

NARRATOR: They've done it!

Their massive bodies push an enormous wave straight over,

washing the seal into the sea and their waiting jaws--

a signature tsunami sweep.

TOM: It's all over.

Yeah, it's all over.

NARRATOR: With a reputation for hating water,

nobody expects you to be much of a fisherman.

But this unlikely angler's got the style and skills

of a seasoned pro.

The Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil.

It's the largest wetland in the world,

covering an area 20 times the size of the Florida Everglades.

In this protected habitat

a colorful variety of wildlife thrives.

But one of the deadliest mammals on shore

is the sleek and cunning jaguar.

[growl]

ANTIN: Jaguars are the third largest species of cat

in the world, outsized only by lions and tigers.

Rather than relying on speed for the hunt,

they are solitary ambush predators.

They hunt some 85 different species of animal,

from a small turtle to a full-size deer.

NARRATOR: Traveling on a river safari,

a group of tourists is hoping to catch a glimpse

of one of these powerful predators.

And they're in luck.

On the edge of the bank,

a jaguar stands in perfect profile.

But this calculated killer isn't just striking a pose.

Standing absolutely still, he's eyeing the river below.

ANTIN: Unlike other big cats,

jaguars are essentially a semi-aquatic killing machine.

They're very comfortable predating in the water.

What also is really interesting about jaguars

is that their kill bite is so different

from the other big cats.

Other big cats try to sever the airways or major vessels,

whereas jaguars try to crush the skull

and turn off the central nervous system.

NARRATOR: Suddenly...

the muscular predator spots something below,

but almost 10 feet above the water's surface,

even this water-loving cat's going to have a tough time

pulling in a catch.

Then the determined hunter does something unreal.

He leaps right off the bank, headfirst into the river.

When the water settles,

unbelievably the agile angler has nailed his target.

And it's no fish, it's a caiman,

a predator in his own right with fierce fighting moves.

ANTIN: Like any other crocodilian,

a caiman has mouthful of razor-sharp teeth

and a powerful bite.

They're a legitimate force to be reckoned with.

WOMAN: Oh, my goodness me!

NARRATOR: But this hungry river cat's not giving up

his caiman first course.

As the reptile twists,

the jaguar presses down with his paw,

pinning his prey into the mud,

adjusting the grip of his powerful jaws.

WOMAN: Oh, God!

NARRATOR: And putting an end to the struggle.

And with incredible strength,

the victorious jaguar drags the catch of the day into the bushes

so he can dine in private.

Next, you think

you're sick of traffic...

[trumpets]

...these raging roadblocks are

about to seriously lose it.

Plus it's an epic battle

of two undersea ninjas.

Who will end up on top?

See the shocking outcome

in this episode's Freeze Frame.

S. MERRITT: Oh, God, no!

NARRATOR: The crazy confrontations

and frightening outbursts keep coming

with this next sudden rampage.

Heavy traffic's enough to get anyone worked up,

but when a group of five-ton titans go into road rage,

you better say your prayers.

Khao Yai National Park,

Thailand.

This vast expanse of tropical forest, rolling grasslands,

and majestic waterfalls is an ideal place

to catch a glimpse of sleek tigers, mischievous monkeys,

and massive, sometimes touchy Asian elephants.

ANTIN: Elephants have incredibly tight social bonds

that actually rival that of people,

and they live in a matriarchal group, or parade,

which basically consists of a female elephant,

her sisters and their offspring.

So these groups are multi-generational

and often consist of about 6 to 12 members.

NARRATOR: It's a busy weekend at the Khao Yai reserve,

and tourists traveling through are amazed to see a whole family

of elephants-- moms, teens and youngsters--

feasting along the roadside.

But there's an unrest bubbling to the surface

inside these generally peaceful pachyderms.

As a result of the growing human population,

once-quiet roads are now bustling with loud traffic,

so when a motorcycle approaches the herd from behind,

it's the last straw.

ANTIN: Female elephants are extremely protective

of their young, and any potential threat

will trigger an aggressive reaction.

[trumpets]

NARRATOR: Pushed to the edge,

these matriarchs and their worked-up youngsters

are ready to rumble.

It's a deadly pachyderm pile-up

as the herd unleashes their force on the terrified biker,

threatening to crush him with their colossal weight.

There's nothing left for this helpless biker to do but pray,

and as the elephants crowd around,

he presses his hands together in reverence and terror.

ANTIN: There have been a growing rate

of tragic encounters with elephants.

So if this animal feels stressed or threatened,

the interaction with people can be lethal.

[trumpeting]

NARRATOR: Fortunately his prayers are answered.

Their road rage subsides and the bewildered biker escapes

from this terrifying traffic jam unharmed.

In the future, he should definitely proceed with caution.

When danger lurks all around,

the only way to survive is to stick together.

Out here, if you go it alone, you're lunch.

[growl]

The Masai Mara National Reserve,

Kenya.

[trumpets]

Named after the ancestral homeland of the Masai people,

these rolling grasslands are the ideal spot to catch a glimpse

of some of Africa's most iconic animals,

like hippos, giraffes,

and highly communal zebras.

ANTIN: Zebras, like horses, are group animals,

so they live in big herds called harems.

Harems are basically made up of one stallion, or male horse,

and then several mares, or female horses, and their young.

NARRATOR: On a quiet, overcast day,

a group of a wildlife lovers is excited to witness a zebra

casually crossing a shallow river.

WOMAN: That's beautiful.

NARRATOR: But there's something very wrong.

WOMAN: Shh! Shh! It's coming.

NARRATOR: The rest of his herd is nowhere in sight.

ANTIN: There's only so many reasons

a zebra would be found alone.

And in this case it's probably a male zebra,

he's been booted from the harem,

and he's on his way to trying to meet up

with another bachelor band.

Either way he's very vulnerable,

and a lone zebra needs to be extra vigilant

to avoid any kind of predatory attack.

NARRATOR: And now this zebra has no idea

he's walking straight into his worst nightmare.

WOMAN: Look, look, look, look, look, look! Shh!

MAN: Oh, oh!

NARRATOR: Up on the riverbanks,

in the tall grass, a pride of lions.

Several adult females and their cubs

spot the lone zebra cruising in.

It's the closest thing to pizza delivery you can get

in the African wild.

The adults shift into hunting position,

careful to stay out sight,

while the three curious cubs move in for a bird's-eye view.

WOMAN: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Meanwhile, the oblivious zebra

reaches the shore and heads up onto the bank,

straight into danger.

Then suddenly he catches sight of the cubs,

and in that split second he realizes his deadly mistake,

just as a lioness begins her attack.

ANTIN: Lions are classically ambush hunters,

and they're capable of extreme bursts of speed

in short distances,

so if a prey item walks too close into the lion's den,

there's no hope.

NARRATOR: This zebra will have to run faster than ever

to survive this epic mistake.

NARRATOR: As the lioness leaps,

the stunned zebra flies off the ground, twisting in midair.

But is it too late?

[growl]

[zebra whinnies]

Amazingly, he escapes.

This rogue zebra got off with a warning.

Next time he'll remember that going solo in the savanna

is a sure way to end up on someone's favorite menu.

[whinnies]

MAN: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: More epic meltdowns

coming up...

when a boatful of hounds

washes downriver, this rescue's

going to get risky.

And next, this master of stealth

just got played,

but who will win

the contest of chameleons?

Find out in our stunning

Freeze Frame.

NARRATOR: From unexpected assaults,

to predators who've snapped,

here's an ambush you'll never see coming.

It's time for this episode's Freeze Frame.

Fly Point, Nelson Bay,

Australia.

This aquatic reserve is a popular scuba diving destination

thanks to its stunning sponge gardens

and colorful marine life,

including one resident that's a virtual kaleidoscope

of shades and hues--the octopus.

NELSON: The octopus is a truly fascinating creature

and really a master of its environment.

A lot like a chameleon can blend into its environment,

the octopus does it, but so much more.

It uses chromatophores, special pigments in its skin,

in a combination with special muscles in its skin

to not only match the color but the texture of its environment.

It's a true master of disguise.

NARRATOR: On an ordinary night underwater,

one of these polychromatic stalkers glides through the sea

in search of a meal.

This eight-legged king of camouflage may look carefree,

but it must constantly multitask to stay alive,

continuously blending in with the ever-changing ocean floor.

When suddenly peace turns to panic.

What could possible out-conceal this eight-armed undersea ninja?

Let's unlock this Freeze Frame and find out.

Shockingly, what looks like a sand monster

is actually another chameleon creature

with its own bag of terrifying tricks.

It's called a numbray, and it knows how to make a sneak attack

on almost anything,

including this usually elusive octopus.

NELSON: The numbray is also known as the coffin ray.

It's part of the electric ray group of fishes.

It lays in the sand, it buries itself,

so that when a would-be prey item swims over the top,

it can startle it, giving an electric shock,

numbing it and leaving it pretty much defenseless.

NARRATOR: In the midst of the action,

the octopus unleashes a last-ditch countermeasure--

ink, and lots of it.

NELSON: That ink does a couple of things.

It basically obscures the vision and obscures the sense of smell

of the would-be attacker.

NARRATOR: The two predators clash violently

inside the misty black cloud.

There's no telling who will come out on top.

In the end, even with the deceptive octopus

fighting aggressively,

it's no match for this electric annihilator.

The deadly numbray opens its mouth wide

and swallows the octopus whole.

The victor with the sneakiest attack.

To beat your opponent, sometimes all you have to do

is puff your chest,

but bravado alone isn't going to win this epic battle.

[cat screeches]

Frenier, Louisiana.

Guided tours of the Manchac Swamp

give sightseers a peek at the wildlife in bayou backwaters.

Inhabitants of this swamp include raccoons, possums,

and the main attraction,

the fearless and deadly American alligator.

ANTIN: Alligators are carnivores,

and they have a powerful bite

that can crush their prey with ease.

And with those strong jaws,

heavily-armored body and a powerful tail

they've really secured their place

at the top of the food chain.

NARRATOR: It's a wet, rainy day at the swamp,

and tourists have come to observe gators

from the safety of a boat at the water's edge,

but these predatory gators have company--Mugsy the cat.

WOMAN: Oh, it's gonna eat the kitty!

BOY: That's the cat's fault.

NARRATOR: A resident stray, Mugsy has no barrier

to guard him from the hungry reptiles.

ANTIN: Alligators often consume their prey whole,

and there's even reports of large alligators

consuming entire deer,

so a mid-sized alligator could make an easy target

of a house cat.

BOY: Oh, gosh, the cat's going.

NARRATOR: But Mugsy's not impressed

with these local predators.

Seemingly for sport, he does something unthinkable--

he moves toward one of the gators.

Like his big cat cousins,

Mugsy's gone into stalking mode, and it could get him killed.

BOY: Oh, my God!

MAN: Hey, Mugsy, don't put up with that!

Get him, Mugsy!

WOMAN: Oh, God, get the cat away!

He's gonna eat the cat!

NARRATOR: As Mugsy gets closer and closer,

it seems like he's lost his mind.

WOMAN: Oh, it's gonna eat the kitty!

NARRATOR: Settling inches from the gator's face,

his opponent's jaws are open, ready to strike at any moment.

ANTIN: This cat is just playing off of what territorial instinct

it has against these alligators.

It has no idea that these animals

are capable of completely crushing him.

[cat screeches]

NARRATOR: Then, amazingly, Mugsy lets loose,

striking the alligator in the face.

It's a brutal hit with unclear consequences.

Has Mugsy just signed his own death sentence?

[screeches]

[laughter]

[applause]

Incredibly, the alligator doesn't strike back

and instead runs for the hills,

making Mugsy the king of this riverbank.

[screeches]

[laughter]

Now it's time for one of our audience members

to turn the camera on himself for this episode's 'I Saw It.'

It can be eerie to lock eyes with an apex predator

under any circumstances.

When it's brought 100 friends and they're closing in fast,

what would you do to avoid being bait?

[underwater scream]

Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique.

Unspoiled white sand beaches

mark the edge of this diver's paradise.

Under these sparkling waves dolphins and sea turtles

live alongside a very strangely shaped predator...

the scalloped hammerhead shark.

NELSON: Scientists hypothesize that this T-shaped head

allows it to catch its prey much quicker than other sharks.

First of all it has a large electroreceptive surface

which allows them to sense the prey,

it has stereoscopic vision

with having its eyes out on the sides of its body,

it allows it to turn quicker by having essentially a hydrofoil

at the front of its body,

and not only that,

but it can hold down its prey with this large head.

NARRATOR: Broderick Whittaker is an experienced

underwater photographer

who loves the abundant marine life of this region.

Swimming through the water with dolphins, sea pike,

and bigeye kingfish, the mood is incredibly calm and serene.

But that calm doesn't last long.

Out of nowhere, a small group

of scalloped hammerhead sharks appears.

BRODERICK WHITTAKER: There's a definite element of danger

when diving with sharks.

These are apex predators, you know, top of the food chain,

and it's fine if you see one or two of them.

NARRATOR: As one shark gets closer,

Broderick basks in its enormous presence,

when he senses more activity in the water.

Incredibly, an initial three sharks gives way

to 100 powerful predators,

and they're all headed directly toward Broderick.

The enormous swarm of sharks surrounds the petrified diver.

Broderick has absolutely nowhere to turn.

Is this the beginning of a mass attack?

WHITTAKER: Initially I'm intimidated

by the number of sharks.

I've seen these sharks before,

but normally they're pretty shy and they stay well away.

Why they're behaving like this and why they're quite happy

just to come straight towards me, I'm not sure.

And it's difficult to know what to think,

but I'm in this situation,

there's no point in trying to run away or trying to swim away.

I mean, they're a lot faster than I am.

NARRATOR: And then one of the sharks moves right toward him.

NELSON: If approached closely by a diver,

hammerheads will display threat postures.

They will arch their back,

they will put their pectoral fins down and swim around,

and if you see that, you need to back off.

NARRATOR: The huge hammerhead comes closer...

and closer.

And swims by.

Thankfully the sharks don't attack Broderick.

They're on a mission to find food,

and luckily he's not on the menu.

MAN: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Coming up...

it's time to run for cover

when a fowl horror film

comes to life.

MAN: Oh, man.

There's a bird tsunami.

NARRATOR: And it's this episode's Quiz Gone Wild.

Planet Earth can get mighty cold.

So which one of these animals has the warmest coat of fur?

Is it a tubby sea otter,

a burly bison,

a winter-ready wild boar,

or a fleecy llama?

This one will leave you amazed.

[growl]

NARRATOR: The raging renegades and menacing marauders continue

taking it to the extreme in this episode's Quiz Gone Wild.

So, which of these animals has the warmest coat of fur?

Is it a heavily insulated sea otter,

a wind-blocking bison,

a fat-storing wild boar,

or a coarse-coated llama?

This one will leave you amazed.

The answer? The bison.

They're so built for the cold

that they dig beneath the snow to eat the frozen vegetation.

Now that's a winter coat!

And nothing is more necessary than that

when you take a dip with the polar bear club.

Blacktail Ponds, Wyoming.

On one very cold day in early spring,

a herd of bison marches toward Yellowstone Park.

Along for the ride, a newborn, just one day old,

tries hard to keep up with mom.

ANTIN: The males often travel alone

while females are usually with their young,

and that's of course to keep them protected.

JUDY LEHMBERG: I'm a biology teacher,

and I love filming animals in their natural habitat.

There's a baby out there!

Look, he can't be more than a day or two old!

He's got to be freezing to death.

NARRATOR: The mighty animals make their way on an icy path

around Blacktail Pond.

With each step, the baby bison is careful not to slip.

ANTIN: The edge of this pond can be really treacherous,

it's just so slippery and steep,

so a lot of bison and other animals get in the water

and they can't get themselves out.

Then they freeze over the winter and then it thaws out,

and bears come and they have a meal waiting for them.

NARRATOR: Then suddenly...

disaster strikes!

And older bison walks right into the newborn's path,

pushing it into the freezing water.

As its helpless mother looks on,

the panicked newborn flails in the deadly cold.

The clock is now ticking.

ANTIN: If this calf doesn't get out of the freezing water soon,

he's going to go into a hypothermic state.

Shortly after that, his muscles are going to fail,

and once we've gotten to this point,

he has no hope of getting out of the water.

LEHMBERG: All I can think about is the fact

that this is the bears' refrigerator,

and I don't want this poor little baby

to be part of what's in the refrigerator.

NARRATOR: Using nothing but pure will,

the calf grabs hold of the edge...

[groaning]

pulls as hard as he can...

[groaning]

...and climbs out to safety.

LEHMBERG: I can't believe this guy made it out!

It's got to be one tough baby bison,

and he's gonna be the toughest bison Yellowstone's ever seen.

NARRATOR: The relieved mother and baby are reunited,

with lots of warm licks.

Grateful for a calf that never gives up.

[groans]

Next...

it's all fun and games

until somebody goes

right over the edge.

[barking]

MAN: Ew!

NARRATOR: Then we can't wait to

reveal this endearing dust ball

in our 'What The Heck Is It?'

Later.

NARRATOR: The animal catastrophes

get even more unnerving with this next frightening scenario.

They're usually the ones coming to the rescue,

so when man's best friend is the one in danger,

they better hope one of their own can save the day.

[barking]

Springdale, Arkansas.

Located in the Ozarks,

this northwest city boasts numerous rivers

frequented by fishermen.

But it's not just anglers exploring these waterways.

Sometimes they bring man's best friend, too,

like Labrador retrievers.

VOGELSANG: There's a reason Labradors

are one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

They're extremely intelligent, they're super fun,

they love to be with kids, and they love the water,

that's something that they were bred to do.

They have a very thick, dense undercoat

that's water-resistant,

so these guys were made to play in the water.

NARRATOR: But not all dogs are so fond of water,

and on this otherwise peaceful morning,

two canine buddies are not enjoying

their time on the river.

Separated from their owners,

floating downstream in a canoe, this pair is panicking.

[barking]

Luckily these two pooches aren't alone.

A brave black Labrador is on the scene, and he's got a plan.

Wasting no time, he boldly leaps into the treacherous water.

[barking]

As the petrified dogs in the boat urge him on,

this Labrador lifeguard fights his way

against the rushing currents.

He's determined to get to his furry friends,

but the powerful flow is pushing him downstream.

VOGELSANG: All dogs have webbed toes,

but Labradors have big webbed toes.

The size of their paws essentially gives them

this increased surface area

and acts like a big paddle in the water,

which is one of the reasons

that they're such exceptional swimmers.

But no matter how strong of a swimmer you are,

trying to fight upstream against a strong river current

is a heck of a challenge.

NARRATOR: Using all his strength,

the determined pooch pushes through the rapid waters,

but even if he makes it to the canoe, what will he do then?

[barking]

Incredibly, one of the dogs in the canoe knows just what to do.

He may not be a swimmer, but it appears he's a thinker.

As the Lab approaches, he grabs the line

and drops it into the water.

[barking]

It's pass complete.

[barking]

Now, biting down on the rope,

the lifesaving Lab pulls his frightened buddies

to shore and to safety.

Back on dry land, the rescue dogs agree,

this Lab is definitely dog's best friend, too.

[barking]

They're bold, they're snappy,

and when they gather in huge numbers, watch out.

It's a sequel to a horror masterpiece.

The geese.

MAN: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Richmond,

British Columbia.

This coastal city

on the Fraser River delta

is a prime location for spotting whales, sea lions,

and giant flocks of snow geese.

NELSON: Each year about 100,000 lesser snow geese

will make a 3,000-mile journey

from their breeding grounds in the Arctic

to their winter feeding grounds in the Fraser River delta.

They travel in huge flocks, up to 20,000 birds at a time,

which can just be an awe-inspiring sight,

and if you're there, slightly terrifying.

NARRATOR: It's a damp fall day

when Richmond resident Maikel Parets spots thousands

of snow geese soaring overhead.

MAIKEL PARETS: Oh!

NARRATOR: And to his amazement...

PARETS: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: ...they swoop in and land like a giant wave.

PARETS: Oh, man! There's a bird tsunami!

Wow!

That is awesome!

NARRATOR: But he'd better keep his distance.

While geese are relatively harmless on their own,

getting too close to this massive mob

could have dangerous consequences.

Like a scene right out of a horror movie classic,

more and more geese ominously gather.

PARETS: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: And then suddenly something spooks the flock,

and the massive swarm begins to lift off.

PARETS: Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Their powerful wings beat the air

as they cut across the field.

It's a wall of fowl so immense there's no way to escape it.

NELSON: Being plowed into by a bird of that size

at upwards of 50 miles an hour

is not something you want to happen to you.

PARETS: Oh, my God!

Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Fortunately, there's no foul play.

The freakishly huge flock flies just overhead...

PARETS: Oh, my God!

NARRATOR: Sparing the thrilled but frightened spectators below.

PARETS: Whoa!

NARRATOR: Next...

how far would you go

to wrestle dinner back

from a ravenous river bully?

MAN: Ew!

NARRATOR: Then it's almost time

to reveal this episode's

'What The Heck Is It?'

MAN: What is that?

NARRATOR: Can you guess

the identity

of this garbage impersonator?

Find out what the heck it is...

coming up.

NARRATOR: The amazing ambushes get even more sudden.

PARETS: Oh, my God! Whoa!

NARRATOR: Sharing is caring, but this prehistoric tyrant

wants it all for himself.

Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

It's one of the world's largest game reserves

and a prime place to catch a glimpse of Africa's Big Five--

elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo.

But there are plenty of smaller animals also,

like the highly social African wild dog.

ANTIN: African wild dogs are the most successful predators

in Africa, and they have success rates of up to 60% or 70%,

and this is for two reasons--

one is they have incredible teamwork

and they're always working efficiently to bring prey down--

another is that they have extreme endurance capabilities.

They can literally run their prey to death.

NARRATOR: It's a hot, dry day.

And a small pack of wild dogs is ravenously ripping

into a freshly caught impala.

But with their attention fixed on the kill,

they don't notice the danger approaching from just offshore--

a bellicose Nile crocodile.

ANTIN: The Nile crocodile is the largest predator in Africa,

and we're talking about an animal

that can get over 16 feet long and weigh up to a ton

and has the jaw force more powerful

really than any recorded animal on the planet,

so, a very serious carnivore, very serious predator.

NARRATOR: As he closes in,

the dogs notice the threat and quickly back away.

They know this armored croc could take any one of them out

in a heartbeat,

but they've got strength in numbers.

As the ravenous reptile sinks his teeth

firmly into their impala,

the hungry dogs surround the predator

and weigh their options.

With so few of them close by,

taking on this super-sized killer could be very dangerous.

ANTIN: This 1,000-plus-pound Nile crocodile

is all armor and teeth.

There's no way a few dogs are going to overpower him.

Unless several members of the pack

are coming for reinforcement, then we could have a battle.

NARRATOR: One by one, they slowly creep in,

challenging the croc to fight.

It's a high stakes standoff, and so far this croc holds the aces.

It's now or never.

If the dogs don't do something, their well-earned meal is gone.

Will they lay their cards on the table?

The moment has passed and the game is up.

This bad boy is too big to mess with.

The disappointed pack watches helplessly

as the croc calmly makes off with their kill.

It's a sad truth, but sometimes

you just have to let the bully take what he wants.

But he'd better watch out next time.

These guys will be ready.

MAN: Oh!

NARRATOR: Now it's finally time to answer the question

on everyone's mind...

What The Heck Is It?

Study this photo carefully and consider the options.

What kind of animal could this possibly be?

This might take a minute to uncover.

Quebec, Canada.

The region's vast forests are teeming

with a variety of woodland critter,

such as beavers, foxes and porcupines.

But none of these creatures is nearly as good as impersonating

something you'd pull out of your drain.

This unrecognizable critter could've easily been mistaken

for a pile of garbage.

Luckily, with Quebec winter temperatures

hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit,

this thick outer shell may be a benefit,

but the question remains--

what the heck is hiding beneath that mangled exterior?

A three-hour Herculean haircut

shaves eight pounds of mud and matted hair to reveal...

Rasta, a stray dog...

now free from his prison-like coat.

VOGELSANG: Rasta is a Shih Tzu,

which means he has hair instead of fur.

Unlike fur, which tends to remain relatively short

over the period of a dog's life,

hair requires regular grooming, or it quickly becomes matted.

Over months of neglect, that hair can solidify

into a giant solid exoskeleton,

trapping in bacteria and parasites

and making life really uncomfortable

for this little pup.

NARRATOR: It takes a whopping six workers

to remove the dreadlocks from Rasta,

and after his miraculous makeover,

the cute pooch underneath finds himself a new home.

Let's just hope it's not too far from the local groomer.

MALEY: Stop it, bear!

NARRATOR: That's it for this episode full of sneak attacks,

explosive encounters

and life-threatening accidents

on Animals Gone Wild.

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