On this second episode of Africa, the team headed to the Savannah to check out some amazing creatures. They catch some more never-before-seen footage of some crazy animal behavior in the wild.
First off, agama lizards are shown, who have a passion for flies. Where do they find these flies? Hovering around the ferocious lions, of course! He waits until they fall asleep in the hot sun and then he makes his move. He is very patient as not to want to wake the lions up. Once he gets close enough, he lets his tongue start working on removing as many flies from the lion as possible. The agama even tries climbing on the lion to get what he wants. However, once the beast starts coming out of his deep slumber, the lizard scurries away with a full belly.
Another strange habit in the animal world happens in Zambia where the crew films a shoebill, a funny looking bird that has quite a weird way of bringing up their young. When the time comes, this bird has two chicks within a few days of each other. However, only one will survive. If one of them dies, then the parents have the other one to raise. But if both of them make it to a certain age, the younger one is left to die. Or in the case of this episode, the older sibling attacked the younger one, which is not unusual. The mother does nothing to stop it. The two go off while the younger bird is left to die. It's the way of the animal world, as tough as it can be.
Another sad story caught on camera is that of a drought ridden area of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. A baby elephant has died and its mama is mourning the loss. This doesn't seem to be highly unusual when food and water can be scarce but it is heartbreaking all the same.
Catch another episode of Africa Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.
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