Spying on Wildlife With Animal Robots


– We look at every subject
that we want to film and then we say, “Well,
what is the best way “to get into their world?” It’s an amazing moment when you realize that you are actually seeing
some stuff for the first time. My name’s John Downer, and these are my incredible team of spy creatures. Well, I suppose it all
started when I started making wildlife films,
and I wanted to have that kind of intimate perspective
to get into the animal world and actually know what
it’s like to be an animal. Over the years, used technology to get more and more inside the animal world. As things have progressed we’ve moved from just using remote
cameras disguised as rocks to where we are today, which is having, you know, these incredible spy creatures, which are able to do filming,
cameras in their eyes, but they look like the animals and the animals will interact with them. The whole idea of, you know, using
the robots, uh, came about when we made a film about penguins. For the first time, we thought: “Well, what if we made a penguin cam, “a living, moving, camera
that looked like a penguin, “that was able to go into the colony “and start to get these incredible shots?” You can’t explain it because
it’s a dream come true. I think part of the whole technique is to try and get inside the animals’ minds. Understanding animal behavior
is key to it all really. We lost one spy pup to a wolf. A spy tortoise was
squashed by an elephant. And I think it’s something about the fact that they look living; it makes them think before they actually do anything, and if it’s not a threat,
then they kind of… They quite like it. The challenges are… They’re innumerable, because everything is a challenge from the beginning to the
point you get the film. The animals, once you get there, and once you’re actually with them, they tend to be the least
of all the problems. They usually do deliver
because they do amazing things and if you’ve got the
technology to be able to film close to them in their world, you know you’re going to
get something remarkable.

89 thoughts on “Spying on Wildlife With Animal Robots

  1. So creative and what you get in return is amazing. Funny how the animals interact with it ?

  2. Was just watching videos on spy animals. I suggest watching the one with the sloth, it is amazing.

  3. there's another video of the monkeys when they drop the robot. They actually have a funeral for it. It's pretty interesting if you can find the video

  4. I love how society is so hypocritical, these people spy on animals with hidden cameras ,yet when I try to do the same thing to humans i'm called a pervert and a creep…stupid

  5. Is this how aliens spy on us? Think about that. Or, maybe the Government. It's scary. What do you guys think?

  6. If those robots take actions more realistically it will help us understand animals more and maybe even learn to communicate with them

  7. Thats kinda fucked if you think of it. Just imagen one day going home from school or job and all of a sudden a robotic looking man or women with a camra in its eye approach you?

  8. Hahaha the monkey at 1:51 sure as fuck knew what was going on.

    "We don't like your kind 'round these woods, boy".
    drops the robot

  9. Your videos feel too short most of the time, and they always make me want to see more. I wouldn't mind if you guys started uploading 7-8 mins of videos.

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