– These are some serious
squishers right here, look at that, zoom in on that,
you see how green that is? No, no, guys, I am not
going to eat a turd, but the insect we are looking
for today loves eating poop. Okay, I’m gonna
wipe this on Mario, there we go, buddy and
we’re gonna keep walking. Oh, beetles right here! Look at this! Oh, and look at the
size of that ball! (dynamic jungle music) (light upbeat music) The vast open wilderness
of South Africa is home to some of the
world’s most iconic animals from small hoof stock
like the speedy impala to giant grazers, like
the meandering elephant, then there are the
long-necked giraffes and who could forget
about the herding rhinos? These creatures are
constantly doing two things on a daily basis,
the first is eating and the second,
which you probably have already guessed is pooping, but where does all this poop go? There are no toilets on the
savanna to flush it down, so what happens
after Dumbo drops a dump truck load
of digested plants? Today we aim to
answer that question by exploring the
wilds of Tuinskloof, managed by the Reserve
Protection Agency, this 13-hectare
sanctuary just so happens to be within the range of
one very unique insect, that has an affinity for
stinky animal byproducts. – [Marc] Coyote,
what you doing there? – You guys see what
I’m standing in? – [Marc] Yeah, it
looks like feces. – [Coyote] This is a
giant pile of poop. I’m gonna just go ahead and–
– Oh, he’s touching it. – You know, when in South
Africa, you just roll with it and literally today, we’re
gonna be looking for the thing, that rolls pieces of poop,
turd rollers themselves. Now, I’m guessing that this
is hoof stock droppings, likely impala and kudu
and that right there, ugh, is one rock
solid little turd, now I’m not looking
for kudu or impala, I’m actually looking
for the insect, one stinky, little insect, that loves to roll
around in turds, you guys know what
I’m talking about? – [Marc] Hm, I don’t
know if I wanna know. – Stay tuned, I have a feeling that if we head
up this direction, we’re gonna find plenty of ’em. Following the trail of turds
through the environment is not something you would
typically choose to do while out on a leisurely
hike, yet if you were aiming to have an encounter
with a dung beetle, this is one of the most reliable
ways to track them down. We skipped from scat
pile to scat pile examining the freshest of
feces with the relentless hope of happening upon some of these
poop-loving professionals. Oh man, here’s another fresh
pile of nuggets, look at this, likely impala, it’s so fresh, that you can still see urine
where the animal also peed, these are some serious squishers
right here, look at that. Oh yeah, zoom in on that,
you see how green that is? That is all undigestible
plant matter, that the animal passes
through its system and then squirts out as these
delicious little nuggets, not delicious for
me, no, no, guys, I am not going to eat a turd, but the insect we
are looking for today loves eating poop. Okay, I’m gonna
wipe this on Mario. There we go, buddy, and
we’re gonna keep walking. The South African air was
filled with fresh steamers and that meant that those
dirty, little dung beetles would be hot on the turd trail, I could feel it in
each and every step. Ugh, gross! And being downwind,
I could smell that we were headed in
the right direction, when sure enough,
we rounded a corner and nearly stepped into one big, steaming pile of, oh, beetles right here! Look at this! Oh, and look at the
size of that ball! Oh man, this is great, okay. – [Marc] Is that their ball? – That is their
ball right there, right in the middle
of those other turds, we’ve got two dung beetles
right here in front of us, wow, well, we’ve been
searching for a while, it’s pretty dry, but these guys have already made
themselves a compacted ball. Now, look at that, he’s
inspecting the environment, finding his line of
sight and there you go, off to the races,
he’s gonna continue to push this giant ball
of compacted turds. Now, I don’t wanna
interrupt this beetle, ’cause he’s at work,
but this one here is likely either a
female or a stealer and I’ll get into
that in a second, but what I wanna do is
actually pick this beetle up, come here, buddy. Wow, look at that, its
exoskeleton is incredibly rigid and its feet are very strong, now, I don’t know if they bite, I guess we’ll find
out here in a second, let me see, bite? No, doesn’t bite,
that’s good news for me, can you see it okay?
– Hm. – Whoa, it’s hard to hold onto,
because they’re so strong, I was just gonna let it walk
around on my hands here. Now, there are over 6,000
dung beetle species worldwide, the only continent you
will not find this insect is in Antarctica, this
is the Addo dung beetle, which is indigenous to only
this area here in South Africa. When we’re talking about
dung beetle species, there are several
different types, this one specifically is what
we would consider a roller, so roller actually
rolls turds around from one spot to the next, then you also have the dwellers, dwellers literally
stay in one spot and live in a pile of turds, you also have the burrowers, which will roll a
ball of poop somewhere and actually build a
burrow underneath it and then you have the stealers, which will steal turds
from other dung beetles, I’m pretty sure that this one is both a roller and a stealer, because I caught this guy
trying to steal the turd, that’s actually rolling
underneath your feet right now, Marc. – [Marc] Oh, I thought
I smelled something. – [Mario] You’re causing a
little traffic jam there, buddy. – [Marc] Yeah, I was like,
I got a whiff of something, I was like where did the ball,
oh, it’s right by my shoe. – [Coyote] And do you know what? That beetle will not
stop for you, Marc, he is on a determined mission to get that ball of
poop back to its burrow. Now when it comes
to dung beetles, they’re actually very specific as to what kind of
turds they will eat, they primarily feast on
herbivore and omnivore turds, but this species specifically, I’m guessing feeds on
kudu and impala turds, but I know for a fact that they
also feast on elephant dung, now there are no
elephants in this area, so like I said, the kudu
and the impala turds, that we saw earlier
are certainly fair opportunity
for having a feast. – [Marc] Hey Mario, is turd the scientific
term we wanna use? – Turd, poop, dung, feces.
– Animal scat, yes, no matter how you
choose to phrase it, I like to call ’em turds
and these creatures, as gross as it is to say
it, love to eat turds. Now, they feast on the turds, they actually will line the inside of their
burrows with turds, their whole world
revolves around turds and they prefer a fresh turd, right now, it’s pretty dry out, so we actually had some
trouble finding these beetles, but we found a fresh
pile of kudu scat and sure enough, with it
came some dung beetles, super cool, right? – [Marc] I got a
fun, little game. – Yeah? – [Marc] Everybody at home
should watch this video again and count how many times
you say the word, turd. – You know, I have said the
word, turd more times today and more so in this
episode, than ever before, I’ve touched turds today,
we’ve got beetles eating turds, we’ve got beetles rolling turds, it is certainly a turd
sandwich of an episode. (laughing) Turd, turd, turd, turds,
turd, turd, turds, turd, turds, turd, turds,
turds, turds, turd, turds, turds, turd,
turds, turd, turd, turd, turds, turds, turd,
turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd,
turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turds,
turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd,
turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd, turd,
turd, turd, turd, turds. Man, my hands don’t smell
like anything, which is good and I keep calling these
the stinky, little insect, but doesn’t smell like
anything, talk to me, buddy, do you have poop breath? No poop breath on this guy. Now, what’s really fascinating
about these insects is that while they may
seem like simple creatures, they’re simply eating poop, they’re very much in tune
with the environment, they’re actually using
UV rays from the sun to help them navigate. Now at night, when
there isn’t any sun out, scientists believe
that they use the stars to navigate the environment,
as they’re aiming to push their turd ball
back to their burrow and this one that we have just
here off to our side here, that’s just continuously
pushing its turd down this trail is completely
on a straight line, it will do everything
it can to stay on course and make sure that that turd
ball gets back to its burrow. – [Marc] Speaking of turd ball, how about we get back
to the turd ball? – Yeah, let’s check this out, I’m gonna bring this little
beetle back over here, watch out, Marc, the big
turd ball’s right here now, the beetle will come
back and find this, I’m gonna actually pick
it up for a second, look at that, wow,
whoa, it is heavy, look at that. – [Marc] Oh, I’m
gonna regret this. – That is a compacted ball of herbivore poop right there.
– Ooh, it’s kind of wet. – It’s heavy, right? Well, the more
moist the poop is, the better it is
for the beetles. Now watch what’s gonna
happen, as soon as the beetle picks back up the
scent of this turd, they have an incredible
sense of smell, he’s gonna climb
back up on top of it, spin around in a circle,
regain its line of sight and then pop back down and use its hind legs
to push the turd. Here we go, just like
I said, watch this, climbs up on top, here
we go, do your spin, line of sight is acquired
and boom, off to the races. Now pound for pound, this is one of the strongest insect
species in the world, capable of pushing things almost 1,000 times
their own body weight, that’s like me
weighing 150 pounds, pushing six eight-ton
buses, isn’t that crazy? That is one powerful creature, now look, it’s on this
hillside and it’s thinking, “I’m not gonna get up that,” but it will just keep moving
along the edge of this ridge, until it finds its way
back to its burrow. Well, this is
pretty fascinating, searching amongst the South
African terrain for turds, that ultimately led us to
the one and only dung beetle. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you
on the next adventure. (light upbeat music) When I think back on
all of the strange bugs the Brave Wilderness team
and I have encountered, I would definitely have to say that the dung beetle was one
of the most entertaining, these little,
environmental cleanup crews are doing the world of
good for the ecosystem and without them, the
world would literally be covered in animal scat, or feces, urgh! Or poop, or turds, as I
like to call them. So on behalf of us all,
I would like to say thank you to all the
dung beetles out there, that are helping keep our
planet free of poopies, keep up the good work,
guys, we see you rollin’. (light upbeat music) Wait, don’t go anywhere, Brave Wilderness has
a brand new store with a wave of
adventurous, new designs, including a limited
edition dung beetle, They See Me Rollin’ T-shirt. Hey Coyote Pack, I have
some exciting news. I am proud to announce
that the crew and I are headed back on tour
with Brave Wilderness Live, our next shows take
place in the Midwest, tickets can be purchased at
the Brave Wilderness website and these shows are
certain to sell out, so make sure that you
reserve your seats today and don’t forget, subscribe, so you can join me and the
crew on our next big adventure. (cheering audience) I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave. – [Audience] Stay wild! (light jungle music)

100 thoughts on “They See Me ROLLIN’…TURDS!”

  1. Plot twist: you've just picked up the real owner of the ball, while he was trying to get it back from the thief who's now rolled off free

  2. If only women knew the struggle it is in all species to get you 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Men will do alot to get a women. I always joke with my mom how its amazing how for animals species the male is usually beautiful while the female is ehhhhh not so much. A good example is the cardinal and peacock, wuth both species the males look beautiful while the females ehhhhhhhhh lack that. The men dont seem to care to much

  3. my dads friend caught a snake.i did'ent get to see if it was venomous or not because i was smaller and it i remember that it was brown and i did not get to see the pupils to see if it was venomous or not and i did not get to see the head.

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