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27 October 2016

Episode 263

30 minutes


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We meet some friendly otters in Singapore, go on a night out with some Spanish bats and board a plane via JFK’s new animal terminal, the Ark. Plus: falcon-spotting in London with the ‘grandmother of peregrines’.

27 October 2016

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Chapter 1

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Singapore: otters

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Schemes in Singapore such as the Gardens by the Bay park and the reclaiming and cleaning of canals have had an unexpected upshot for the city-state: the reappearance of its native Otters. We go on a walk with Dr Adrian Loo, botanist and director of the Otter Working Group.

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The Ark at JFK

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The new JFK Airport terminal is a world first – entirely for animals and complete with a 24-hour clinic, surgery unit and lavish pet-boarding facilities.

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Spain: bats fighting Zika

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Bats have long stoked fear in our hearts thanks to generations of tall tales that have branded them as miniature aerial vampires that lurk in the shadows. However, these phobia-fuelling creatures are being enlisted in an increasing number of towns and cities around the world to fight an even greater evil.

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London: peregrine falcon

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Next time you pass London’s Tate Modern cast your eyes to the skies and you might be lucky enough to spot a wild peregrine falcon. We try to do just that with Nathalie Mahieu, dubbed ‘the godmother of peregrines’.

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