The Resource The life of mammals : Plant Predators, narrated by David Attenborough

The life of mammals : Plant Predators, narrated by David Attenborough

Label
The life of mammals : Plant Predators
Title
The life of mammals
Title remainder
Plant Predators
Statement of responsibility
narrated by David Attenborough
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Some of the biggest predators to walk the earth face a constant battle {u2013} their prey is heavily armoured, often indigestible, sometimes even poisonous, and what makes this struggle between predator and prey the more remarkable is that these predators do not prey on animals, but on plants. Although we live on a green planet, eating plants presents one of the greatest challenges to mammals, shaping them and their lives in the most extraordinary ways. The sloth is h̀alf blind, half deaf{u2019} and moves at a snail{u2019}s pace {u2013} an extreme example of what can happen to you if you live on nothing but leaves! Plants arm themselves with deadly weapons, from razor sharp spines to deadly poisons, but plant predators are not deterred.The elusive tapir of the South American jungle visits secret clay licks in search of a natural antidote to the poisons.The pika, or rubble rabbit of the Canadian Rockies has found a way to make poisons work to its advantage, exploiting them as a natural preservative. But sometimes the problem is not what{u2019}s in your food, but what is not {u2013} we bugged the caves of Mount Elgon to reveal startling images of underground elephants mining for salts deficient in their green diet. Even the great wildebeest migration is now understood to be driven by the need for minerals. The next great battle that plant predators face takes place on the open plains {u2013} behind every plant-eater lurks a meat-eater. For once we see the hunt from the plant predators{u2019} point of view; wrap-around vision, ears that rotate 360 degrees and elongated limbs make it harder for them to be caught than most wildlife films would make you think{u2026}. Plant predators are equipped with dangerous weapons used in the greatest battle of all {u2013} with each other.We witness the drama of the annual bison rut in the Badlands of North America, discover the secret of the battering rams of the big-horned sheep of Canada, and analyse the fighting technique of horned animals as they ram, wrestle and stab their opponents. Amazing to think that all these extraordinary behaviours stem from the apparently simple act of eating leaves
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
representational
Credits note
Series producer Mike Salisbury
Date time place
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2002
Label
The life of mammals : Plant Predators, narrated by David Attenborough
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1079779
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (51 min.)
File format
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1079779
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29863259
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
kanopy79780
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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