Nature

Wondrous & Wild

Synopsis

What’s in a day? From sunrise to sunset and well into the night, we encounter births and deaths; joyous moments and dangerous situations; apparent ennui and sudden excitement; all through the elements we move in this one-hour glimpse at the marvelous life all around our planet – all wondrous & wild!

It’s an exciting morning for a batch of freshly hatched Jacana chicks as they venture far out onto the river – not swimming or flying, but walking across water!

At the height of the day, a leopardess watches her cubs from high up a sausage tree, as they try to disturb a hive of bees. The adult cat herself is eyeing a nearby impala, aka “lunch to be”, carelessly feasting on flowers.

And for a batch of rock pythons, their very first day (of the rest of their lives) is to shortly begin; they are feared hunters in the humid Sri Lankan rainforest, but even feared hunters must start out small.

A sea of green turns out to be – a sea of water lillies, where hippos are sceptically eyeing a herd of elephants that are about to take a dip in their pool. Elephants in THEIR pool?

With the sun slowly sinking and the heat waning, it’s time for a change of cast. It’s a magic mood, with Earth touched by golden-red light. Mayflies fill the air, and colourful bee-eaters are presented with an abundance of food. They only have to open their beaks to pick the mayflies out of the air. And as the light continues to fade, the trees start to rustle. Something’s moving! A fluffy little bush baby has left its nest high up in the trees, and scouts the area for something to eat. Their huge eyes capture the smallest source of light; a starry, moonlit-night is enough for a perfect night out, climbing and jumping through the darkness of the African jungles.

All these adventures, by day or night, have taught old and young to stay vigilant, to relax when time allows it, to save their energy or spend it wisely. And after a long day and maybe even a longer night, a new morning dawns. Come rain or shine – it’s gonna be wondrous & wild!

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