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Life Episodes: Hunters and Hunted

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The ability to learn from past experiences and develop novel solutions to problems has allowed mammals to find prey — and avoid being preyed upon — in every environment on Earth.

In this episode, a mother orca steals elephant seal pups from a nursery pool, teaching her calf a brand new form of predation.

Stoats learn through play how to become deadly killers: When they grow up, unassuming rabbits — many times larger than stoats — pay a hefty price.

Star-nosed moles hunt underwater by using bubbles to smell their prey; greater bulldog bats hunt fish by using echolocation to detect ripples in the water; and squirrels confound rattlesnakes by rubbing themselves in discarded snakeskins.

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