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On land, in the air and at sea many animals have to migrate to survive.

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If these animal babies can survive childhood, they can survive almost anything.
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In the canopy of the Borneo rainforest, animals swing from branch to branch and leap through the treetops, doing everything without ever touching the ground.
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On the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali, a society of rare desert elephants struggles to survive; more than just a herd of animals, they are a tribe of extended families and comrades with their own unique culture.
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A deadly predator stalks the forests of Costa Rica; it's a super organism made up of half a million tiny individuals -- an army ant colony.
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For many wild animals, attracting a mate and getting the chance to breed resembles a blood sport; the mating urge drives animals to make long journeys, to let down their guard in the presence of predators and to fight each other to the death.
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The Christmas Island red crab is a land-bound crab that still has strong ties to the ocean, the only place where they can give birth to their young.
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Animals that turn away from the good life and face difficulties always have their reasons.
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On Africa's Serengeti Plain, one million wildebeests pause for the female wildebeests to have their young in a massive birthing event.
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Each year, monarch butterflies undertake a multi-generational migration from Mexico to Canada and back again.
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With the arrival of spring, animals from all over the South Atlantic converge on the Falkland Islands; the striated cara-cara is one of the few year-round inhabitants of the islands.

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