Get a glimpse under the skin of the robot cameras featured in the NATURE mini-series “Spy in the Wild”. The design and engineering that goes into these ‘spy creatures’ is simply stunning.
Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime, and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.
Teenage male dolphins are notoriously ill-behaved. A ‘Spy Turtle’ and ‘Spy Pufferfish’ keep tabs on all of their bad behavior.
Skuas are large sea birds that have a talent for poaching eggs. Go along for the ride as a skua grabs what it thinks is a penguin egg, but is really a hidden ‘spy camera’.
Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.
“Spy in the Wild” series producer Matt Gordon recounts the humorous behavior of some wild chimps as they interacted with an animatronic bushbaby.
The water dikkop (Burhinus vermiculatus) locates its nest close to the nest of the Nile crocodile for protection from other predators. However, Nile crocs are extremely territorial and being in such close proximity leads to some feather-raising situations.
Meerkat sentries protect the group by keeping a watch out for potential predators. A female sentry spots a cobra and tries to run it off. Little does she know, the ‘cobra’ is actually a sophisticated fake outfitted with a hidden camera.