|01||How The Elephant Got Its Trunk||20040809||20050711|
In the first of a new series, Alistair Mcgowan revisits the Kipling stories and asks how the elephant really got its trunk? Other programmes in the series look at the camel's hump, the giraffe's neck, the whale's throat, and the zebra's stripes.
|02||How The Camel Got Its Hump||20040816||20050712|
Alistair Mcgowan revisits
|03||How The Giraffe Got Its Neck||20040823||20050713|
Alistair Mcgowan asks how the giraffe got its long neck. For 200 years, zoologists have assumed that it's to reach the top leaves of the trees. The real explanation, he learns, is rather less savoury.
|04||How The Whale Got Its Throat||20040830|
Alistair Mcgowan revisits Rudyard Kipling's classic children's story, 'How the Whale Got his Throat', a tall story involving a mariner being swallowed by a giant cetacean. The story has echoes of the biblical Jonah, and Alistair asks whether a human ever has, or could be, swallowed by a marine mammal.
|05 LAST||How The Zebra Got Its Stripes||20040906||20050714|
Alistair Mcgowan asks how the zebra got its stripes. Kipling, like many zoologists, assumed that the stripes are camouflage against big predators, but the truth turns out to be more surprising: the stripes make zebras invisible to tsetse flies.