The Wild Episode podcast

The Wild Episode

Brian Ruckley

A Collection of Wonders, Curiosities and Occasionally Horrors from the Animal Kingdom. Zoology, natural history and sometimes human history too. Amazing stories about amazing wildlife.

59 Episodes

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    Black-Headed Duck : The Cuckoo Duck

    28:31

    The Black-Headed Duck is the only duck that's a brood parasite: it lays its eggs in the nests of other species. But unlike every other bird in the world that does this, it causes its host species negligible harm - because of what its ducklings do as soon as they hatch ... Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. plus modified versions of: Driving Through Tunnels, Call Me and Blue Lobster by Daniel Birch, CC BY 4.0 Quiet The Mind Instrumental by Mr. Pepino, CC BY 3.0 Let's Start At The Beginning by Lee Rosevere, CC BY 3.0
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    Orca : The Ultimate Predator

    38:04

    The Orca (Orcinus orca) is one of the most famous animals on the planet - but there is some very unusual and kind of mysterious stuff going on with orcas, and a lot of it may be connected to their astonishing predatory abilities ... Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. plus modified versions of: It's Always Too Late to Start Over, Let Your Enemies Feel The Weight of Your Burdens, That Kid in Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos, Perhaps It Was Not Properly Manufactured and God Be With You Till We Meet Again by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0  
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    Rakali : Carnivorous Rodent Eats Poison Toad

    30:32

    The Rakali, aka the Australian Water-Rat, (Hydromys chrysogaster) is a pretty remarkable rodent. A carnivorous, semi-aquatic rodent that's native to Australia: a bit like the Australian version of an otter, it seems to be better than many Australian predators at dealing with the invasion of the poisonous cane toads ... Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. plus modified versions of: Acoustic Guitar 1 by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Know No No-Nos, Jolenta Clears the Table and Today’s Special – Jam Tomorrow by Doctor Turtle, CC BY 4.0  
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    Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake : All At Sea

    32:24

    The Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake (Hydrophis platurus) is probably the most widespread snake in the world and, arguably, the most marine of all living marine reptiles. It has cut all ties with the land, and mastered an environment no other sea snake quite has: the open ocean. Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: Iced Spring Theme, Slow Motion, Aug 12, The Fall, What Follows Me by Peter Rudenko, CC BY 4.0 Prelude No 1, Prelude No 6 by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0   
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    Electric Eel : Maximum Shock

    33:43

    Electric eels (three species, in the genus Electrophorus) are famous animals, and have been for centuries. That doesn't mean they've given up all their secrets to science, though: recent research has revealed they're even more extraordinary than we knew. Plus: how to use horses as bait when fishing. Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.
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    European Beewolf : The War on Fungus

    31:34

    The European Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) is a big, striking wasp. A specialist predator of honeybees, with many tricks up its sleeve: chemical and biological warfare tricks, including symbiotic bacteria, embalming and poison gas. Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: Danse Macabre - No Violin, Vanishing and When The Wind Blows by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), CC BY 3.0. www.thewildepisode.com
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    Colossal Squid : When Giant Isn't Big Enough

    34:46

    The Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is the biggest invertebrate on Earth - a truly enormous mollusc that weighs as much as a bull moose. Yet much about it remains deeply mysterious. It is a hidden wonder of Nature, hidden away deep in the Antarctic Ocean ... Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: Spatium by Keys of Moon, CC BY 3.0. Light Lab, Treated Acoustic Guitar and End of WInter by Rest You Sleeping Giant, CC BY 4.0. Abyss by Myuu, CC BY 3.0 www.thewildepisode.com
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    Olm : Larval Dragons in Black and White

    36:50

    The olm (Proteus anguinus) is a very unusual animal: a large cave salamander, with an extraordinary life and an interesting history of research, that comes in (at least) two very different forms: the white olm and the black. Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: Ah by Mystery Mammal, CC BY 4.0. Disintegration and Silent Turmoil by Myuu, CC BY 3.0. They Call It Nature and Raise Your Hand If You Think Evil Is Increasing In This World by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0 www.thewildepisode.com
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    Madison Cave Isopod : Standing in the Shallows of the Aquifer

    34:51

    The Madison Cave Isopod is a small aquatic crustacean living an extraordinary subterranean life: not in underground rivers, but in the groundwater. In the aquifer.  Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: I Should Have Been More Human, We Were Never Meant To Live Here and Stories About The World That Once Was by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0. www.thewildepisode.com
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    Oilbird : Humboldt's Chupacabra

    35:18

    The Oilbird is a bird not quite like any other: first described by one of history's greatest naturalist-explorers, it is a cave-nesting nocturnal fruit-eater, whose nestlings had the misfortune to become a valuable fuel source for humans ... Subscribe to the show to make sure you don't miss any future Wild Episodes, and e-mail your comments, corrections, suggestions or feedback to help make those future episodes better! You can also follow the show on Facebook or Twitter. Music Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0. Modified versions of: Saying Goodbye in the Rain (string), Saying Goodbye in the Rain (piano), No Doubt, Darkling Skies and Lost Star by Jelsonic, CC BY 4.0. www.thewildepisode.com

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