Defenders

If your home is your castle, then barricade your doors, sit back and watch the best defences in the natural world.

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Is your home your castle? Then barricade your doors, sit back and watch the best defences in the natural world. We’re counting down the top ten most extreme defenders in the animal kingdom, and comparing them to the ways we try to stay protected.

Extreme animal defences include having an armoured shell like a turtle. Some shells can support 200 times their own weight—that would be like having two African elephants stand on your head! There’s a frog that secretes a sticky glue to gum up the jaws of attackers, and a lizard that uses a defensive spray of blood—squirted from its eyes!

Compared to nature’s defenders, our delicate bodies can be easily damaged so it’s no wonder we’ve looked for extreme ways to protect ourselves, including everything from a suit of armour or a bullet-proof vest, to an armoured personnel carrier or a panic room. In World War II, Britain’s shadowy Section X even developed a potent itching powder that was given to Resistance fighters to put inside contraceptives in military brothels!

Discover that it’s better to be safe than sorry, when defence is taken to The Most Extreme… 

Episodes From This Series

Biters

1 hour / 2002

Smarts

1 hour / 2002

Venom

1 hour / 2003

Birth

1 hour / 2002

Cheats

1 hour / 2002

Predators

1 hour / 2002

Super Senses

1 hour / 2003

Daredevils

1 hour / 2003

Stinkers

1 hour / 2003

Strength

1 hour / 2002

Survivors

1 hour / 2002

Big Mouths

1 hour / 2005

Jumpers

1 hour / 2002

Speed

1 hour / 2002

Swarms

1 hour / 2003

Body Parts

1 hour / 2003

Gluttons

1 hour / 2002

Defenders

1 hour / 2003

Bloodsuckers

1 hour /

Killers

1 hour / 2005

Weird Weapons

1 hour / 2006

Dads

1 hour / 2003

Moms

1 hour / 2003

Fighters

1 hour / 2002

Daredevils

3 minutes / 2006

Earwig

2 Minutes / 2006

Tough Babies

2 Minutes / 2007

Tongue Biters

2 Minutes / 2007

Bloodsuckers

2 Minutes / 2007

Big Mouth

2 Minutes / 2007

Pirate Compensation

2 Minutes / 2007

Lemmings

2 Minutes / 2007

Bodysnatchers

3 Minutes / 2007

A Fly’s Dinner

1 Minutes 30 Seconds / 2007