The Kung Fu Meerkats

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Nature Documentary hosted by David Suzuki, published by CBC broadcasted as part of CBC The Nature of Things series in 2015 - English narration

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The Kung Fu Meerkats Meerkat pups Squirt and Weeny are part of the longest running animal behaviour study ever. This film tells the story of the study – and follows first months of the pups. Squirt, Weeny and their proud mum Kleintjie are part of the Kung Fu Meerkats of Kuruman in the Kalahari. These meerkats are part of a study run by Cambridge Professor Tim Clutton Brock. He started his work there two decades ago. It’s now a huge project with 20 young volunteer graduates and field scientists trying to unravel the mysteries of meerkat behaviour. Over the years, the meerkats gradually let the scientists into their world, and began to reveal the secrets of how and why they co-operate as a group. The project has discovered that meerkats have distinct personalities (including a dark side), language, teaches their young, solve problems, and have traditions. Kleintjie’s pups, Squirt and Weeny have been born into some of the toughest drought conditions Tim Clutton Brock has seen in the Kalahari. But with almost 30 meerkats in the Kung Fu group, the pups’ chances of making it through the first critical six weeks look strong.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3157 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48 KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 45mins
  • Framerate: 25fps
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1,003 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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