The hi­malayas, asia

episode two

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The Hi­malayas is full of ex­tremes, and we look at how an­i­mals and peo­ple adapt to them,’ says Steve.

‘We fol­low a young male yun­nan snub-nosed mon­key whose mum aban­doned him when he was a new­born. They need com­pan­ion­ship to sur­vive, so he tries to join a group of toughlook­ing males, who re­sem­ble Fa­gin’s gang from the mu­si­cal Oliver!.

‘We also un­cov­ered a lovely story about how lo­cals live along­side snow leop­ards. They are an eco­nomic peril be­cause they eat live­stock, but th­ese peo­ple still cher­ish them.

‘Some in­cred­i­ble na­tives live here, too, in­clud­ing Nepalese who run the mount Ever­est marathon, the high­est race in the world. Run­ning cham­pion mira Rai is an ex­tra­or­di­nary role model, be­cause she has tri­umphed over a very tough up­bring­ing. Phys­i­cally, she is amaz­ing, as her blood­stream and lungs have adapted to liv­ing there.’

All alone: yun­nan snub-nosed mon­key

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