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and the results were immediate. at first, a litter of kittens, no longer had heart problems. and as a benefit, the kittens were able to survive better. >> as the panther population has rirsen, so has the amount of work for the panther teams. they must monitor the cats closely, especially during the capture season. which occurs each winter. here we find them on search. >> a difference here than from right up here. a spider web. and it was real fresh so the webs wouldn't be in it. >> step number one, fresh tracks. it's painstaking work. here the team travels by swamp buggy. they're on the lookout. unfortunately, there is nothing of interest. the next morning they head out
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again. a fallen palm tree on the edge of the path. attracts their attention. >> yeah. panther. on both sides, just breaking down the tree. >> it appears there is a large male panther in the area. but the team that's having trouble catching up to him. another three days pass. and they now decide to enly the help of the best panther trackers in the world. hound dogs. these dogs are trained year around to recognize and react to the scent of a panther. here, they finally come across a fresh scent. and immediately go into chase mode. >> panthers are sprinters. they're not long distance runners like dogs.
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so all they want to do is get out of the with a as quick as they so they'll go run up a tree. and then when they do that, the dogs stay at the base of the tree and bark. >> 10:30 a.m. with the help of their hounds, the research team has located the panther. they must tranquilize him while they have the chance. >> we're going to take a shot here. >> up next, the capture continues. you know, from our 4,000 television commercials. yep, there i am with flo. hoo-hoo! watch it! [chuckles] anyhoo, 3 million people switched to me last year, saving an average of $475. [sigh] it feels good to help people save... with great discounts like safe driver, multicar,
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>> welcome back to our story about florida panthers. and the efforts of the biologists whose mission it is to save them. as we've seen so far, panthers are incredibly elusive creatures. even with some of the most sophisticated tracking devices, finding them still remains a challenge. but the experts don't give up easily. and their persistence usually pays off. february, 2010. florida fish and wildlife conservation commission's panther research team has been tracking a large male florida panther for five days through the wilderness of south florida. and now they finally have him in their sights. >> we're going to tie a shot here in a second.
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got it. >> they shoot the panther with a tranquilizer dart. mince later he falls to -- minutes later he falls to the ground. the team catches him with a safety net. assuring that no injuries are sustained. >> we have to worry about the safety of not only our crew when we capture a panther but also the panther. we're dealing with an endangered species. >> additional anesthesia is injected. the panther is now completely sedated. and the team goes straight to work. to start, they put a radio collar on the panther. this allows for him to be easily tracked for the rest of his life. essential body parts are
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inspected. >> really, really clean. >> similar to a human, the amount of wear on a panther's teeth is a good indicator of age. this one is about 5. middle aged for a male florida panther. the panner in's vitals are watched closely -- the panthers' vitals are watched clole while the team -- closely while the team works. >> we look at blood, skin biopsies for genetic testing and hair for mercury testing. >> the full process takes about an hour. once it's finished, most of the researchers leave the area. one or two stay to make sure the drugs wear off properly. soon the panther will wake up. and go right back on his merry
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way. meanwhile, the conservation team moves on to another project. they've come across a litter of kittens. no more than a few weeks old. but still quite feisty. >> they try to act tough. but they're growling at you. but it really sounds more like a purr. >> just like the large male pan they are we saw earlier, these kittens are given a full medical workup. vitals are checked. skin biopsies are taken. and the kittens are weighed. soon enough, the work is done. and much to the kittens' relief, the team leaves for the day. it's a good thing they didn't run into mom.
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they go back to headquarters to officially document their findings and draw up plans for the next panther rendezvous. it may be tomorrow. it may be next week. or maybe even next month. whatever the case, the team will keep working. >> there's a goal. a defeined goal and that's to try to protect and recover the florida panther. if we ever reach that dwole, and we work our way out -- that goal, and we work our way out of a job, that's the most successful thing to happen in my view. >> coming up, groundbreaking new treatment for diabetes. >> i want a cure to end the battle to have to sit there and prick your finger 10 or 12 times a day to make sure you're ok. it's not ok.
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>> diabetes. it's one of the oldest diseases known to man. dating back thousands of years. despite its history, there is still no cure for the disease.
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those who have it can only hope to manage it as best they can. traditionally, this has meant a daily regimen of insulin shots but now more and more diabetics are turning to alternative treatments. some of which are quite extraordinary. meet liam kelly. he's a typical teenage boy. he likes to eat pizza. he likes to play sports. and he likes to play video games. but during his quieter moments, you'll find liam doing this. checking his blood sugar. he's been doing it every day for four years. ever since he was diagnosed with type one diabetes. >> i mean, i believe i have the initial reaction of everyone does when i find out that they have it. a disease. got freaked out. >> we're in the hospital for four nights and five days. and i knew it was going to have -- change everything from that
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moment on. so i remember it. not happily. >> but their son's life turned upside down. lisa immediately began searching for the best possible treatments. she was a woman on a mission. >> his mom was going to do anything with any kind of tool possible to help him have a better quality of life. >> this is ron pace. he's been training dogs for 35 years. >> watch for the dog. >> a few months after liam's diagnosis, lisa approached him with an extraordinary request. to train a dog to detect liam's blood sugar level. you heard it. they're called die about thic alert -- they're called diabetic alert dogs. powerful senses of smell allow them to alert owners to dangerous rises and drops in blood sugar. ron wasn't familiar with the
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concept at the time. but he accepted the challenge. his first task, find the right dog. >> thank you for coming down. >> what's your dog's name? >> uber. >> they have to be very stable. stable on elevators, escalators. loud noises. that's surprising, isn't it? so we're looking for a special dog. >> after weeks of searching, ron finally found that special dog. his name was max. a 1-year-old black lab. and he was about to change liam's life forever. >> the first day i met max, he jumped up and tackled me. and just took him home that day. and he's just been teaching me things every day. >> today, 3 years later, we
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find liam at a gym. training for the upcoming football season. max isn't far away. before he arrives, liam's blood sugar was measured at 124. within normal limits. but after just six minutes of exercise, max detects a change and immediately alerts liam. his blood sugar has dropped 37 points. liam eats a piece of candy, hoping to stave off the decline . but 10 minutes later, max alerts again. this time, he brings liam a monitoring kit. his blood sugar has fallen to
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61. if it dropsfully further -- if it drops any further, he could have a seizure. >> it's always kind of a russian roulette game. you don't really know what's happening. >> despite the risk, liam decides to continue his workout. >> five seconds. five seconds. 10 times. >> the workout is finished. fortunately, liam's blood sugar has stablized. well done, max. >> the obvious is he's done his job as a diabetic alert dog. the not so obvious part is just the social and emotional support that he gives liam i mean, he and liam are so close. it's like one person, max and liam, max and liam. everywhere. >> he's just pretty much an extension of my body.
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we connect on some level that i don't even know if there is a word to definish it. he -- to define it. he saved my life i don't know how many times. he just can pretty much have my back and he's my best friend. and i can always rely on him. no matter what. >> up next, man and crocodile come face-to-face. girl: don't look at me. second girl: your hair's a bit frizzy today. aw! ha ha! you should pick that up. [girls laugh] oh, you're such a dork. loser. here. let me help you with that. oops! ha ha! announcer: every day, kids witness bullying. oh, look! your crush is looking at you. [girls laugh] poor you. ha ha! announcer: they want to help but don't know how. bully: see? no one here's gonna help you... announcer: teach your kids how to be more than a bystander. visit
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>> just this past year, "wild about animals" took its first trip to costa rica. before booking it researchers did extensive research on where we should go to see the most animals. they decided we had to spend a day at carara national park. what they failed to explain was that the word "carara" is an indigenous term supposedly meaning "river of crocodiles." let's just say that that day was quite an experience. monkeys. howler monkeys. they all live here. in the lush tree tops of cost scra rica. -- costa rica. but far below the canopy, there's another costa ricken animal. -- costa rican animals. one of the most feared predators in the world. crocodiles.
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most costa rican crocodiles reside here in the tocalus river and that's exactly where we're going. we push off from shore with two expert guides, ryan, and amelio, the boat captain. and they've been doing this sort of thing for years and know all the best spots to find crocodiles. the river toculus supports a variety of wildlife. here we see a de'mon iguana -- a common iguana grabbing a drink. further up the river, wood storks are on the hunt for fish in the shallows. a remarkably complex food chain. the top of which sits the crocodile. we ride up and down the river looking for them. but to no avail. finally, after three hours, we spot our first crocodile.
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she's medium sized. and a little camera shy. we continue on. minutes later, amelio sees another crocker dial. -- another crocodile. about 14 feet long. and he's swimming just a few feet from our boat. we keep our distance. but amelio has other things in mind. he baits the yock dial with a rag that smells -- the crocodile with a rag that smells like chicken. suspect the -- and the result, you'll see for yourself. kids, please don't ever try
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what you just saw at home. the pressure of a crocodile bite is by far stronger than any other animal. 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch to be exact. we wonder, does amelio ever get nervous? >> no. >> he says no. he's never been afraid of crocodiles. they are the maximum, just great. but the sunlight beginning to fade now, amelio returns us to shore. i -- high in the branches howler monkeys greet us with a warm "welcome back!" ok. ok. we get it. the monkeys may rule the trees of costa rica but there's no doubt the crocodiles are king of the river.
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>> well, i hope you enjoyed today's show and thanks so much for joining us. i'm mariette hartley. see you next time on "wild about animals."
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poor you. ha ha! they want to help but don't know how. teach your kids how to be more than a bystander. visit >> this week on "awesome adventures, we are in san diego. come with us as we travel around the globe and joint kids on incredible journeys. join me as we meet up with californians san diego. all here on "awesome adventures." in criss, and this week we are in san diego have some fun in
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the sun. let's look at one of southern california's most action packed cities. san diego is less than 20 miles from the border with mexico. a 8-hour flight to new york. 2-hour drive from los angeles. with a little over 3 million people, it is the eighth largest city in the united states. sunshine dominates -- naturally, the people of this city enjoy the outdoors. the beach -- southern california has quite a view. basically the whole coast. it has my local travel partners interested quite a bit. on the beach is 19-year-old
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professional volleyball player anthony and 18-year-old volleyball player erica. >> leer at dog beach, and we are about to play beach volleyball. >> also helping out -- he helps run the non-profit san diego beach volleyball club and coaches anthony and erica. >> what is the difference? >> on the beach to have a lot more factors like the weather and the wind and the sand. indore, everything is more controlled. you have a lot more things to deal with out here. >> on the beach to have to learn to bump, set, and spike,. . >> first up, the serve. you need to work on passing. i will get anthony here to
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demonstrate. put your leg forward. you have to keep the ball between you. the team that keeps the ball between them the most usually wins. he lifts the ball. let's. erica go. stop with your feet and moved. we will try to make it simple -- use your leg and lift the ball. better. you can serve eight in. he will lift the ball so his partner can give him a set. that is what i am expecting of view. erica comes in. get up high. nice. what is the most important thing you find playing? >> i use different shots. i try to place it more than other people do. >> is there any advantage to
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your height? >> is just being coordinated. it is hard to play defense, at the net you have an advantage. >> is timing one of the hardest things? >> the amount of control you can have from the beginning needs to be as simple as calculated as possible. >> a few more frill completeds mwai crash course. it was time for mark and i to play erica and anthony. >> serve me how you want to. take a swing. nice! that is what i am talking about. here comes the big one. trying to do the thing you are supposed to do, but it is not
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working. it is harder than it looks. he has got it. here it comes. get back. get a set. nice job, chris. >> chris , on very fast. -- caught on very fast./ go, chris! nice try. great game. >> learned everything i needed to know. >> i think you did all right. you got to the net with some serves. a good run for their money. >> up next, catching the summit waves. we are just getting started here
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on "awesome adventures." you know, from our 4,000 television commercials. yep, there i am with flo. hoo-hoo! watch it! [chuckles] anyhoo, 3 million people switched to me last year, saving an average of $475. [sigh] it feels good to help people save... with great discounts like safe driver, multicar, and multipolicy. so call me today. you'll be glad you did. cannonbox! [splash!]
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>> welcome back to "awesome adventures." i met up with anthony and erica for a game on the beach. >> in nice try. >> now that the game is over, we want to see what makes san diego a great place to live.
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what is it like compared to los angeles, the other place is? >> it is about the same mass la, but it is much more laid-back. >> i do not know if i can see myself leaving. >> a lot of you guys are very fit -- what kinds of sports do you do? >> i go to the beach and try to surf and maybe even bodysurf if the waves are good enough. . runs, the weather is always nice. >> you are a professional volleyball player. >> i played basketball every now and then. >> these two be up for some thrills in their home town. our next stop was up to torrey pines. jeremy had gearset up and was
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ready to teach us more about para gliding. >> the original design was invented by nasa to figure out a way to bring large items from high altitudes. they adjusted a parachute. as far as the canopy control -- you are on the ground trying to catch air. we are in the air. >> how high is this going to go? >> that depends on the wind and the velocity. we will fly 340 feet above the ocean. 40 or 50 feet above the edge of the cliff. >> i am a little nervous. i do not like the idea of stepping off the if. >> before we get to the edge, it will gradually pick up. be very fluid, very natural. >> erica was first.
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the nerves were starting to kick in. do not worry about it. >> it was really fun. the initial jump was kinda scary because you see all the people below you, but then you are just going back and forth. that was really cool. it does not seem like your 340
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feet in the air. it is relaxing. >> our wind was dying. jeremy wanted to have me be next. in the meantime, we were hoping the wind would pick up. right now, borderline. soaring above the coast was an incredible rush, but the wind was not cooperating. losing speed and altitude quickly. we started to go lower -- only one other place we could land,
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the beach. >> it did not make it back up. >> the wind was not strong enough to carry him. >> in the beach is not where jeremy wants to land. that means packing up the gear and making a 15 minute hike back to the launch area. if we were too heavy to make it back, anthony's chances were not looking good. >> the wind has backed off. unfortunately we will not be able to get you out there. it is not so much the air time, it is the safety. we like a strong head winds to launch into. if we were to take off a vote be a quick flight down to the beach. >> anthony might not have gotten day one, but they too would get his attention quickly. "awesome adventures
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>> we started our trip to san diego learning about and then playing beach volleyball. a trip to torrey pines got erica and i up in the air. naturally, surfing has always been popular in the area, but the waves are not coming in. we found the next best thing. waiting to gas set up. >> tell me about this -- the harnesses. once you are good we go to the big waves. >> how does it work? >> it comes the water out, 30,000 gallons per minute. it is like a trampoline. >> how fast does the water
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moved? >> 20 miles an hour. >> before we try out the wave, he introduced us to eric sil verman. >> i want to get it over with. >> he is leaning too far over. you want to be like this. >> ok. >> he will fall for it. >> leaned back. >> he was down a lot quicker.
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>> it is a mix of everything -- surfing, skateboarding. >> tried to -- drop your shoulder a little bit and look that way. keep it on your back leg. >> i thought it was way harder than i thought it would be. >> then it is my turn to give it a shot. >> keep your arm like that.
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as much weight on that back foot. it was wild. just when i thought i was getting the hang of things -- >> you did fall pretty gracefully. >> after a few runs, anthony and i were ready for the next level up. this replicates the experience of the famous pipeline in hawaii. he showed up a few tricks. anthony and i were hoping to just stay up. >> i gained some confidence -- that was a crazy experience.
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the water was going so fast. >> it gets the heart pumping. coming up, time to head out for one more activity. we will be back with more "awesome adventures."
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>> welcome back to "animal science."
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we are in san diego with anthony and erica. day one --then it took to the air. earlier today, a trip got the adrenaline racing. now we are trying to wind down our trip. anthony and erica have strong athletic backgrounds. our next adventure will put focus to the test. helping us learn more about archery, a olympic hopeful. archery is a sport of incredible precision, requiring them to compete at a distance of 70 meters from the target, about 230 feet away. >> we will shoot recurve style bows. we will shoot aluminum heiress
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about eight to 10 meters away -- arrows, about 8 to 10 meters away. the draw weight of these is about 16 to 20 pounds. pretty light. the bowes shot in the gains are anywhere from 42 pounds to 50 pounds of draw weight. >> we had him teach eric and anthony. >> you put your hand on the grip here. before you shoot anything, i will have you draw the bow. too many fingers on the string can impact how it is released./ we take that one finger on top, two on bottom. just like that. then let go. let's see you give it a shot. right eye open -- good.
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>> archery is so much harder than it looks. all the way back -- write to the corner. keep that elbow and i sent far back. >> it looks much easier watching it on tv then doing it. >> good. >> after they had a few shots at the target, it was time for them to give me the orders. you are a junior olympic champion. that is a pretty big achievement. >> thank you. >> at 14 years old, she has a bright future ahead of her in archery. what better person to teach? >> you will have three fingers on the string, your hand like this a little bit.
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back to the corner of your mouth. let go when you are ready. very good. >> why don't you show me how it is really done with that beautiful bow? >> we have to shoot 70 meters. this is 8 meters, almost one- ninth of what we typically sooht./ hoot. >> wow. you took your time while you were up there and make sure you were steady before you release. >> you have to have the same timing with each shot. otherwise they will start going in random spot. you want to make sure everything is the same every time. >> now nick has set up a challenge -- three targets, three balloons, one shot each. ten meters out.
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who would pop their balloon first? >> good luck. >> the pressure is on. >> good shot. >> a little too high. >> i will go after their balloon. >> after anthony and i missed -- one more shot at my balloon prove it was not locked. -- luck. >> erica just beat us. >> i was surprised when i hit the first one. the second one i just sort of winged it./ >> it is the same -- your hand, each time.
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>> "anima
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>> such a great time. it did you guys have fun? >> i like the waves. >> that was a lot of fun. >> my favorite part was the paragliding. than>> thank you for joining us. see you next time on "awesome
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adventures." girl: don't look at me. second girl: your hair's a bit frizzy today. aw! ha ha! you should pick that up. [girls laugh] oh, you're such a dork. loser. here. let me help you with that. oops! ha ha! announcer: every day, kids witness bullying. oh, look! your crush is looking at you. [girls laugh] poor you. ha ha! announcer: they want to help but don't know how. bully: see? no one here's gonna help you... announcer: teach your kids how to be more than a bystander. visit regardless of their age or experience level, when your kids play soccer or any other sport there's
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