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    How to Track a Predator!
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    How to Track a Predator!

    November 30, 2019

    – [Coyote] Any body of
    water is going to be the best place to find animal tracks. (mellow melodic music) – [Mario] What are these? I don’t know what tracks these are. – Hold on a second, here we
    go, I think I got something. Yes! – I don’t know what this is, these tracks are really intriguing. They look like dinosaur tracks, but of course, that’s not possible, at least I don’t think it’s possible. (dynamic jungle music) (birds twittering) – What’s going on, Coyote Pack? It is a beautiful autumn
    day here in Columbus, Ohio and we are at one of my favorite
    metro parks, Prairie Oaks. Mario, do you remember the
    last time we were here? – [Mario] I definitely do and I was wearing a lot more
    layers, ’cause it was freezing. I definitely appreciate
    this temperature today. – We made a video called “Winter
    Wilderness,” a buddy film, so I figured why not
    make a buddy film sequel, where we head back out
    into the environment to look for mammals. But what’s unique about today is we’re debuting the Brave Wilderness North American Mammals Adventure Kit. – Alright, what’s in it? – Of course, you wanna know
    what’s inside the box, right? So my favorite mammal is the wolverine and I always wanted a
    wolverine figurine as a kid, so there you have it.
    – Nice. – [Coyote] Absolutely love this guy. – Oh, man! – Beautiful, right?
    – That is really accurate. – Absolutely, now give me back that toy. So what else is cool about this kit is it has an Animal Track Plaster Kit. – Wow, I’ve actually
    never used one of these. – You’ve never done this before? – No, I have not, so
    that’s a legit plaster kit. – It is.
    – Wow! – So what I was thinking we would today is head back out into the environment and see who can find the
    coolest mammal tracks and then make plaster casts of them. Now we should rank these tracks
    on three different levels. – Okay. – I think uniqueness of species found, the quality of the actual print as it lies naturally
    within the environment and then last, but not least, the quality of the cast you pull. – [Mario] Okay, sounds good,
    is there a prize at the end? – How about the winner gets to
    take home the toy wolverine. – Nice.
    – Not yet, though, first you’ve got to find those tracks. Let’s give ourselves 30 minutes, you think we can find
    tracks and pour that cast within 30 minutes?
    – I think so, I think I’m a good tracker.
    – Okay, cool. You have a GoPro, I’ll have a GoPro, let’s split up and may the
    best animal tracker win. – Searching for tracks is something that requires your full attention. – In most instances I consider
    animal tracking an art form, it can be very difficult to
    find mammals in the wild. What I’m on right here
    is actually a game trail, so I followed this a ways
    and it heads downhill and it looks like toward a river. Now any body of water is
    going to be the best place to find animal tracks,
    where the ground is softer, that’s where the animals are
    gonna leave their impression. – [Mario] So this is not necessarily going to get some prints that well, it’s a little too dry,
    too hard of a surface. – Ah, look at this, my first tracks, those are deer tracks right
    there, definitely the hoof from likely a pretty good
    sized white-tailed deer, now you may look at a track like this and say okay, is this the
    perfect spot to start your cast? Not really, a lot of this
    substrate is very sandy, full of tiny little pebbles, so getting a good impression of that track is not gonna be possible. – Not sure how Coyote is doing, but I’ve got around 15 minutes left, before we have to meet back, so I’ve got to really step it up here. I’ll go in that direction. – Now this kind of substrate
    is absolutely perfect, look at this, these deer tracks here are in good, firm clay. Now these would be the
    perfect tracks for me to cast, except a white-tailed deer is about the most common
    animal in this area and I don’t think I’m
    gonna win the contest by casting tracks of deer. (mellow melodic music) – [Mario] What are these? Look at these tracks. – So I moved further inland from the river hoping that eventually I will find a different body of water,
    maybe a swamp, maybe a pond. Everything’s just so dry right now. This is looking promising up
    here though, look at this. Yes, yes! This is my first and most definitive sign, this right there is coyote poop (quirky melodic music) and from the smell of it, it’s fresh. Now you may be saying to yourself, Coyote, how can you look at animal scat and determine that it’s from a coyote? Well, there are no large canine
    in this area like wolves, this is too big to be a fox and there are a bunch of little hairs and berries also in it. As to which direction this
    coyote traveled, I’m not sure, but with the river just ahead of us here, I think I’ll go back
    down to the embankment and see if it went there for a drink. Okay, coyote poop, we are
    hot and on the stinky track. – This is definitely not a mammal, I don’t know what tracks these are. Huh! (quirky melodic music) They look very birdlike, I’m not sure what species this is. There’s one, two, three, four, then it kind of disappears
    here in the long grass, which of course would make sense, if you’re an animal, you’re
    gonna hide in this vegetation. – Okay, we’ve got a down slope over here, ooh, and it looks like a muddy embankment, okay, let’s check this out. This is the best mud I’ve seen all day. Look at this, there’s more mud than there is sand and rocks. (melodic haunting music) No tracks yet though. – Well, I don’t know what this is, these tracks are really intriguing, they look like dinosaur tracks, but of course that’s not possible, at least I don’t think it’s possible. – Hold on a second, here we
    go, I think I’ve got something. Yes, yes, yes, yes! We’ve got coyote tracks, wow! Okay, that’s a coyote track,
    that’s a coyote track, that right there is a
    great coyote track, yes! Okay, I’ve found some
    tracks in pretty solid mud and with only about
    three minutes to spare, which means I need to
    quickly set up my plaster kit and pour that plaster to pull a track, not exactly the rarest
    animal in this area, but at this point, I’ll
    take anything I can get. Now before I cast my track,
    actually something that I’ll do is just use a small
    piece of wood like this, which is an old tree branch,
    it’s very flat, very smooth to actually flatten out
    the earth around the track to make as perfect of a cast as I can. I don’t know if Mario is
    aware of this prep work. – Alright, so here is the kit, (light melodic music) most important is the instructions. – Mixing ratio, two fluid ounces of water for every half cup of plaster mix. So in the kit is a little
    mixing dish just like this and a track ring, now you wanna place this
    ring around the track, so you can pour the
    plaster on to the inside. – Now the next step is to
    actually mix the plaster. (quirky melodic music) Knife with ya? Coyote’s got my knife. – [Coyote] And now I am
    going to slowly start pouring that into my mixing container. I’m gonna only put about a
    quarter of the bag in to start. – Gonna put about, I’m just
    gonna put all of it actually. Now next step is to add some water, I’m not sure how to measure
    out two fluid ounces, ’cause we don’t have a measuring device, I’m just gonna eyeball it. – [Coyote] You don’t want
    the plaster to be too thin and you don’t want it to be too thick. Now we also provide you
    with a stirring stick and you want this to have the
    consistency of thick glue, so right now it is way,
    way, way too watery, so what I’m gonna do is start
    to add more plaster powder. – [Mario] This needs more water. – [Coyote] Oh, this is cool! Alright, now we’re getting somewhere. – This is getting messy, really messy. – [Coyote] This will start
    to set within just minutes, so you want to move quickly once you start your mixing process. – Alright, next step is to pour it in. – [Coyote] This is that magic moment and you only get one shot at it, so make sure the plaster
    is the perfect consistency. – [Mario] Ooh! – I always like to start
    in the front paw pads. Okay, now the track is completely covered, but to make sure that
    it’s all down and in, you don’t have any air pockets, I like to use my stir stick
    to just work the plaster round a little bit and into the track. – Okay, a little bit
    more water in here, oh! That’s too much water. It’s a lot harder than it looks, guys, it’s my first time doing this. – [Coyote] You wanna pace it out as you’re adding more plaster, you don’t wanna dump it
    all on in one fell swoop, otherwise it won’t dry properly. Take your time, be
    patient and with any luck you’ll have a perfect animal print cast. – Alright, well, there you
    have it, that’s my attempt at making a plaster
    mold of an animal track. – [Coyote] Okay, my
    track is completely cast, so at this point, we just need
    to wait for about two hours, we’ll come back and check ’em
    and then identify the species. – [Mario] Okay, sounds good. – Okay, let’s go get some lunch. (quirky melodic music) Okay, it has been about two and a half hours, since we set our plaster. – Yeah. – And at this point, it should be dry. – I’m a little nervous.
    – Why? – Because I don’t know
    if mine set properly, I don’t know if I followed
    the right directions. – Well, in all fairness,
    – I don’t know. – it is your first time and that’s what’s cool
    about this experience and for a lot of people
    out there watching, it will be their first time
    at doing a cast of a track, but with any luck, they’ll be fantastic, so let’s head back down this
    way into the wilderness, find our tracks and see if they set. – [Mario] Alright. (cheerful melodic music) – Check this out, what
    do you think those are? – Wow! I have no idea. I mean, my initial
    instinct would be a turkey, but the toes aren’t long enough. – No.
    – I mean, I don’t know, I’m gonna say you’re
    pulling a fast one on me, but let’s check your plaster and see how that is going to take. – Okay, so– – Now just almost like a
    sandcastle, flip that over, let’s see what we have underneath. – Oh!
    – Wow, okay. I’m gonna give you some credit
    here, it’s looking good. Pour a little bit of water on there. Wow, that is cool!
    – Dude! It looks like a dinosaur print. – That looks exactly like
    a dinosaur footprint! Are you kidding me? That is a great cast right there, so you see what happened
    though is there’s a lot of sand now permanently worked into your cast, you’re never gonna get
    all of that out of there. So let’s take this down to the river, – Okay.
    – rinse it off the rest of the way and then
    we’ll go check my track. – [Mario] Alright. – Let’s see here. Okay, so my ring,
    – Oh, will come off. – will completely come off, because I didn’t put the plaster
    all the way to the edges. Now here’s the tricky part, because that ground is so wet, – [Mario] Oh, that’s pretty solid. – I don’t want the cast to
    break as I’m bringing it up, so I’m gonna use this stick
    to dig out around the track and pry it up, there we go, just like that and the entire structure of
    the earth comes up with it. Now inside there should
    be a perfect coyote track. Oh, it’s looking good,
    this is gonna be great. Let’s get these outer edges peeled away. Now the next thing I wanna do
    is rinse it off in the river and see just how perfect it looks. Now when it comes to
    washing out your cast, one thing you can use is
    just an old toothbrush to gently finesse out any of
    the remaining mud and dirt. Okay and there it is, a
    perfectly cast coyote track, you can see the toe pads, the heel pad and even some claw marks. Now this was your first time out there casting animal tracks in the wild, what did you think,
    how difficult was this? – Well, I wasn’t that confident initially, because of the mess I made, but after, the way my cast actually
    turned out, it’s super easy, if I can do it, you can
    definitely do it as well. – Now remember, guys, the
    Brave Wilderness Adventure Kit, North American Mammals
    Edition is available right now and when it comes to who
    won the wolverine figurine, I think it’s a tough call, I honestly thought that I was gonna win just because I knew what I was doing, but your track with its uniqueness and that’s a really good
    cast for a first timer. – Thank you.
    – It’s tough to tell, so what I say we do is leave
    it up to the Coyote Pack. – Okay.
    – Who’s gonna win, guys, is it Coyote with the coyote track or Mario with the mystery animal track, write in the comments section below and tell us who’s gonna
    win the wolverine figurine. I’m Coyote Peterson.
    – I’m Mario Aldecoa. – Be brave.
    – Stay wild, – We’ll see you on the next adventure. – Alright.
    – Awesome, let’s hike back. (mellow melodic music) If you’re looking for a great place to go out and see animals, or signs of them in the
    natural environment, the parks in your area are a sure bet. Winter is coming, so
    make sure to get outside and enjoy the last warm days of the year. If you can’t find any
    animal tracks naturally, like Mario, using one of your
    favorite toys to create them is a totally acceptable solution. Hey, Coyote Pack, if you enjoyed our adventure
    into the autumn wilderness, make sure to go back and
    watch our original buddy film, “Winter Wilderness,” a classic, where Mario and I found a
    feather and a deer antler. Yep, it’s a real thriller
    and don’t forget, subscribe and click the Notification bell, so you can join me and the crew
    on our next wild adventure. – Yep, look at that!
    – Oh yeah, wow, look at that! 100%, oh wow! That is definitely a little
    mouse tunnel, isn’t it? – Nice, so basically the
    rodents are underneath the snow, they’ve got these little
    highways that they create to stay warm and stay hidden
    from predators, pretty cool. (light jungle music)

    Hunting for Dinosaur Tracks!
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    Hunting for Dinosaur Tracks!

    November 25, 2019

    (tense music) – What’s going on guys? Now, you’re used to us
    bringing you episodes of Breaking Trail where
    I’m catching live animals, but, today, we’re gonna do
    something a little different. We’re headed off into
    the back country of Utah to search for dinosaur tracks! Now, as most of you know, I
    absolutely love dinosaurs, so what I’m gonna do is trade in my cowboy hat for this helmet as we ride on these
    awesome Polaris RZRs onto the rough
    and rugged terrain to search out these tracks. Alright, hop in, guys! This is gonna be awesome! Woo! (engine roars) Yahoo! (tribal theme music) In most of our adventures,
    we break trail on foot, however sometimes the best way to cover many miles
    of distance quickly is by way of
    all-terrain vehicle. Today, the crew and I
    are in Hurricane, Utah, one of the best
    places in the west to find and get close
    to dinosaur tracks. This is awesome,
    we finally made it! Let’s head back in there
    and find the tracks! Woo! (haunting music) Aw, man, this is epic! Just this backdrop, I
    mean, you can’t beat this! It is hot, it is dusty. Look at this, check this out. Do you see all the
    dust coming off of me? – [Mark] Oh, yeah. – Woo, it is, what
    do you think it is? About 100 degrees
    out here, right now? – [Mark] At least. – At least 100 degrees, and look at how bone dry
    this is, check this out. Look at that, it
    is just red dust. It’s amazing to think
    that, at one point in time, dinosaurs were walking right
    through this environment. Alright, I think, if we head
    down through this ravine, here, we’re gonna find some! Wow, check that out! Dinosaurs passed this way, this is the whole area that we’re gonna be exploring,
    right here on the side. That’s where we are. You’ve got Megapnosaurus
    and Dilophosaurus tracks. Dilophosaurus are much larger. You see, right there,
    huge compared to a human. I can’t imagine what
    it would be like to have actually seen
    one of these walking in this environment
    120 million years ago. Now, let’s go find the tracks! (piano music) And even though
    this is sloped down, at one point in time, before water washed through
    here and wore the rock away, this could have been flatter, so I’m always
    looking at an angle for any indentation in the rock has the potential to be a track. I mean, look how
    deceiving this is. That almost looks like
    a toe, right there. Wow, I wonder if that
    could be a track? It’s not defined enough
    to prove that, though. Alright, let’s keep going! This is actually great
    substrate, right here. Check this out, look at
    this, Mark, look at this. We just found our first
    set of dinosaur tracks. This is Megapnosaurus,
    right here, a small, upright
    walking therapod, and you can see
    where this animal moved right through
    the environment. Look at this, I’m gonna step
    right next to the tracks. Look at that stride! Wow, that’s so cool, walking
    right along side dinosaurs! You ever think you’d be
    able to do that, Mark? – [Mark] No! I’d never thought I’d
    see a dinosaur track. – I know! – [Mark] This is amazing! – Check this one out. That’s actually really cool. So, it took a real
    sharp turn, right here, and probably headed
    off in that direction, but if you come up here
    a little bit further, you got the larger
    Dilophosaur tracks. Check this out. These are Dilophosaur tracks. Look how big this animal was! Here, come up through this way, you can see this one best. Look at that! – [Mark] Wow! – Wow, what a giant! Dilophosaurus is famous
    because it was featured in Steven Spielberg’s
    Jurassic Park. If you remember,
    it was the one that had the big frill that came
    out and it spit the venom. Now, scientists do not believe that this dinosaur
    actually had those frills, but the filmmakers took
    the liberty of giving that dinosaur these
    traits to make it a little bit more scary. Look at how big they are! In the movie, the
    Dilophosaur they featured was much smaller than this, but you can see with my hand
    right down there in the track, this is not a carnivore
    that you would just wanna stumble upon
    out here in the desert. How awesome is that! – [Mark] Did you ever
    think you’d be, like, standing right in
    a dinosaur track? – No, I didn’t! I’ve never seen dinosaur
    tracks before out in the wild, and you can almost feel
    the energy of this animal when you put your hand
    into the track like that. Okay, so these tracks that
    we’re looking at, right here, anybody can come and see these. What we wanna do now is actually
    head off into the desert and see if we can find
    some for ourselves. You guys ready to do this? – [Mark] Let’s do it! – It’s gonna be dry,
    it’s gonna be hot, and it’s gonna be dusty, but I’m pretty confident that we’re gonna find some
    tracks of our own! (hopeful music) There’s a hole. Oh, check this out! This could be a track! Yes!
    (tense music) Chance, come up
    here, look at this! You got one here, one here, wow! I think this is it, I think these are
    actual dinosaur tracks! This one, right here,
    is almost perfect. Bring your camera up. Come here, come here, come here! Look at this! Look over my shoulder,
    look at that. Three distinct toe marks. Alright, I’m gonna blow
    the sand on you, ready? Yes, there’s no
    question about it, that is an upright
    walking therapod, most likely a carnivore, and guessing on the
    size of these tracks, I’m saying it’s
    probably four feet tall, and close to 11 feet in length. Not an animal that
    you would want to run into out here
    65 million years ago. Holy cow, this is exciting! Dude, high five! I cannot believe we
    actually came across tracks, and look at this, you got one
    here, and look at that stride. Here to here, shorter there,
    planted, and then off, and who knows, I mean, this rock could have broken apart
    millions of years ago, but you got one right
    here, and one right there. And, oh my gosh, we actually
    came across dinosaur tracks. Now this was objective number
    one, find dinosaur tracks. Well, we found them. The good news is that we
    still have a couple hours out here in the desert,
    and we have those RZRs, so objective number
    two is gonna be to head to the sand dunes
    and really have some fun. I hope you guys are ready,
    ’cause this is gonna be awesome! – [Mark] Yeah, come in, guys. (tribal drum music) – [Coyote] Woohoo! What up? – [Mark] What’d you think man? We brought you out in the field! – I know, this is
    frickin’ awesome! This is killer!
    – I mean, dude! – [Mark] Can you
    think of a better trip to come along with, jeez? – Yeah, the walls
    in the editing bay do not look like
    these mountains. It is amazing out here. (engine roars) (rock music) – [Coyote] Woohoo! Yep, I’m stuck! Woohoo, it’s a little
    bumpy, right there! – [Mark] I don’t know
    if I got the whole flip, but that was gnarly! – [Coyote] Ouch! – [Mark] You alright? – Well guys, rule number one, if you flip the RZR, is always
    to keep your arms inside. Thankfully, I’m walking
    away from yet another one. Aw, man! I was barely even turning! I don’t know how
    that thing flipped! (tense music) But it, ah, yeah, I flipped it. You know, if I’m not
    falling off of a cliff, I’m flipping a vehicle. That’s why we just usually
    don’t let me do these things. (laughs) A good lesson here is that if you do roll a
    machine like this, you just hold on to
    the steering wheel, keep your hands inside, you’re always wearing
    your seat belt, always wearing the helmet, and, so far, I’m walking away from this one
    completely unscathed. My back and neck might be
    a little sore tomorrow, but no broken
    bones, no stitches. We’re having to bungee
    cord the door shut, ’cause that’s broken. I cracked the top of
    it, and, unfortunately, I may have just bought the
    Brave Wilderness team a RZR, because this is gonna be
    an expensive one to fix. My bad! – [Mark] Woo,
    alright Coyote, well, that’s one way to do it in Utah. – Yeah, I say it was an
    extremely successful day. We found dinosaur
    tracks, that was awesome. Then we came out here to
    the dunes to rip up the sand with our RZRs, and I
    kind of rolled mine, but the good news is, no
    cuts, no broken bones, and, yet again, I walk away from another Breaking
    Trail mishap. All I can say is that
    Utah is unbelievably epic! – [Chris] Yessir! – I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, always
    wear your helmet, we’ll see you on
    the next adventure! Here we go! Eh, buckle up! Woo! (engine roars) If you thought flipping
    my RZR was a close call, make sure to go back
    and watch the time I missed a jump and fell
    off a cliff in Arizona. – [Woman] Oh my God! – [Coyote] Yikes,
    and don’t forget, subscribe to the Brave
    Wilderness channel, so you can join me and the
    crew on the next location. (coyote howls)

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    October 17, 2019

    (slow instrumental music) – We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots. And I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that supposedly has the most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. I think I’m gonna be fine, but ooo, guys, the heart
    rate is goin’ today. This is it. (bold instrumental music) One…
    (heavy breathing) Two… (heavy breathing)
    Three. (grunting)
    Ahhh! Ooo! It’s stuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ahhh! (upbeat world music) (slow world music) Hidden within the darkness
    of the Costa Rican rainforest a legend exists beneath
    the ancient canopy. Indigenous people
    refer to it as bala, which means bullet. It is rumored that just a
    single sting from this animal is so excruciating that it feels as if one has been
    shot with a gun. They say this creature is
    not only to be avoided, but feared by all
    who hear it’s name. Bala. (whispers) Bala. Over the course of the past year I have taken on the
    challenge of being stung by some of the planets
    most notorious insects. It all began with
    harvester ants. A common species in the
    southwestern United States, that hails as having
    the most toxic insect venom in the world. I took around 60 stings, and walked away
    mostly unscathed. They’re all over my
    hands now, look at that! Ahh! (grunting) Ahh, there’s one on my neck! Next, I buried my hands
    into a nest of fire ants. The pain was like
    sticking your hands into a burning ring of fire. Ahh! Ow, ow, ow! The after math? One of my biggest regrets, as my hands were
    swollen for a month, and permanently scarred
    even till this day. One would think I
    had gone far enough, and then we came
    upon the velvet ant. Famous for having the
    longest stinger in the world, it sent me into agonizing
    pain for nearly 30 minutes. Ahh! (grunting) (heavy breathing) Okay, let me get back here! – [Cameraman] You alright? What are you feeling? – Gooo! (heavy breathing) Oh wow! My next challenge was
    the tarantula hawk, which is ranked as the
    second most painful sting in the insect kingdom. Here we go. (pacing instrumental music) Ahhh! Ahhh! (heavy breathing) – [Cameraman] You alright?
    – Ahhh! The pain was so intense
    that it put me on the ground with my arm in a
    state of paralysis for nearly five minutes. Ahhh! I can’t move my arm! I was ascending the
    sting pain index, and I could see the
    peak of the mountain. It looked down at me
    with black beady eyes, an alien looking creature
    amongst all other animals, and a name that cast fear
    into the hearts of men. But before I could
    go flesh to stinger, first we needed to
    find a bullet ant. Today is bullet
    ant challenge day. I’m actually pretty
    excited about this. As long as we could
    find a bullet ant, I’m gonna get stung by one. So, guys keep your eyes peeled, these little ants
    can be anywhere. Well, I guess they
    aren’t really little. They’re probably about this big. So, let’s head down here
    into the rainforest, and see if we could find one. – [Cameraman] Alright. – Believe it or not, bullet
    ants are incredibly common on the Caribbean
    side of Costa Rica. And setting the
    stage for a sting was only going to
    take a single one. It seems simple, however, finding them can be
    quite the challenge, especially when dealing
    with some of the most difficult filming conditions
    we have ever faced. Oh boy, that is the disorienting
    thing about the rainforest, everything looks the same no
    matter what direction you turn. Mario! (man shouting in the distance) Yeah, alright, found him, ha! Got nervous there for a second. Let’s keep going. For days we scoured the jungle, traversed rushing rivers, fought torrential rainfall, and sloshed through what seemed
    like a endless maze of mud. The goal was to find a creature
    no longer than a needle, in a haystack that literally
    spanned thousands of acres. It seems as if all was lost. Then finally, after
    several days of searching, the sun came out and
    fate took its course. I just saw an ant
    up on the tree here. Come up really slow, this might be a nest. – [Mario] You think
    you got a nest? – I mean, the ground
    looks the same as it has in most of the jungle, but there is a hole here, I definitely saw a large ant
    moving up on the side of that but before I just
    storm up there. – [Mario] You just see
    one or you see a few? – I saw one ant, one ant, but this looks like
    there’s a hole right there. – [Mario] Where? – [Coyote] You see that, this
    looks like it could be a nest. – [Cameraman] I
    don’t see the hole. Keep pointing to it. Oh, I just saw it. – [Coyote] There’s one
    coming out right there. – [Mario] I see it coming out. – He’s definitely right there. Let me see if I can
    get him on the stick. There we go, there we go. – [Mario] You got him? – Ooo, it’s going
    right towards my hand. That is a bullet ant
    right there, hold on. I’m just gonna put
    it in the container. Ooo! Ah! Oh! – [Mario] Mark, watch out. I think there is… – [Mark] I got one on me? – [Mario] I think so, man. I think they’re swarming. – We have definitely
    found a bullet ant nest, there’s no question about it. I was in there trying
    to get a single ant, and they started swarming out. Okay, this just went
    from slightly dangerous to extremely dangerous
    because there was one crawled up on my hand
    and I just got startled, and I flicked it off of me. I need to go back to
    get the container, we need to get an ant. (weary instrumental music) Alright, come on,
    get on the stick. – [Mario] Got one. – [Coyote] My hand’s
    shaking, I got one. Nope, it came off. (weary instrumental music) I got one, I got one. Back up, back up, back up. It’s goin’ right
    towards my hand! Oh boy, it’s attacking
    the tip of the stick. I’m gonna put it down
    right here on the dirt! Ah! Alright, I’m gonna
    get it in this cup. Got it! – [Mario] It walked right in! – Ha-Ha! Whoo! (laughs) Holy cow! Oh my gosh! Hold on wait, check your
    legs, check your legs. – [Mario] See anything on me? – [Mark] No, you’re good. – Oh my gosh! (heavy breathing) If I was that nervous
    just to catch the ant, I can’t imagine how
    nervous I’m going to be to actually be stung by it. Awe, this is wild. Alright, let’s take the ant
    down here into a flatter area, get the scene under control. It’s time to go through with
    the bullet ant challenge. – [Mario] Let’s do it. – Whoo! Yes! Got our ant! (leery instrumental music) Guys, I don’t know, I
    don’t know, I don’t know. We have caught a bullet ant, and we have it in
    the glass capsule, and right now Mark is filming
    the final macro shots, and I am two, yes,
    two minutes away from being stung by the
    insect that’s supposedly has that most painful sting
    in the insect kingdom. Actually seeing the
    bullet ant face to face, coyote pack, it is
    unbelievably intimidating. I have a feeling
    that it is going to be unbelievably painful, but I am ready. (deep breath)
    This is it. We are here. This is Costa Rica, and
    that ladies and gentlemen, dare I say it, is one
    monster sized bullet ant. Alright, before
    we get into this, let’s just go over
    some basic safety. For everybody out
    there watching, we have taken all the
    proper medical precautions. What we have right here
    is an epinephrin pen in case my body reacts
    negatively to the venom. Now, I will note that
    there are no reported cases of humans dying from the
    sting of a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright Coyote,
    so what’s the game plan? What are you thinkin’ here? How are we gonna get you
    stung by the bullet ant? – Yeah, how are we gonna get
    me stung by the bullet ant? I love the that question Mark, I appreciate that. Okay, well this one is very
    similar to the velvet ant. This is gonna go
    down one of two ways. The first thing
    that we’re gonna try is I’m gonna lift up
    the glass capsule, and then we’re gonna
    place it there. If it doesn’t sting me like that then I will use the forceps where I will pick it
    up by it’s thorax, and just like the tarantula
    hawk induce a sting. One way or another, there is no question about
    it ladies and gentlemen, today I am going to be
    stung by a bullet ant. – [Mark] Alright, it’s time. – GoPro rolling? We are rolling. Alright, now what I’m gonna do
    is tip up the glass capsule, and then place the ant
    down onto my forearm. Here we go. Mark, your shot good? – [Mark] Are you
    sure about this? – Yep, no turning back now. Mario, ready? – [Mario] Ready. – [Mark] Let’s do it. – Here we go, ant on my skin. One… Two… This is it, no turning back. Three. (heavy breathing) Ant is on my forearm. Look at that. Okay, it’s just trying to
    climb out of the glass. I don’t know if it’s realized
    it’s actually on my arm. It is looking a
    little bit agitated. I can feel the little legs
    grabbin’ onto my skin, and right now it is just trying
    to get out of the capsule. It’s thinking, “Okay,
    something’s new.” They can probably sense
    the heat of my skin, and also the smell of my skin. These ants can pick up
    different pheromones. We’ll let it go a
    few seconds longer. (heavy breathing) And I think similar
    to the velvet ant that this ant is
    gonna need to be held with forceps to induce a sting. Okay, I’m going to tip
    the glass capsule back up, and get the ant under control. Are you ready? – [Mark] Yep. – One, two, control. Here we go. – [Mark] Whoo-hoo, awe man! – Dah! – [Mark] You alright? – I got the GoPro. – [Mark] Tell me what’s going
    through your head right now. What was that like? – I’m lightheaded,
    I’m lightheaded. Oh, the nerves that
    that takes guys. When the ants were
    coming out of the nest they were very very angry, and I think at this point
    the ant has calmed down, and it’s just thinking, “Can I get out of
    this glass capsule?” And I was not bitten,
    I was not stung. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is use the forceps to pick up the ant,
    place it onto my forearm, and I’m going to take a sting. Here we go, are you ready? – [Mark] I’m ready. – GoPro is rolling. Okay, I am literally
    at the summit of the insect sting pain index. So, what I’m gonna do
    now is remove the glass. (heavy breathing) Ant is live, okay. It is out and active. I am going to now pick
    it up with the forceps. Got it. (heavy breathing)
    There we go. That right there is a perfect
    hold right on the thorax, and wow, look at that, the
    stinger is already flying. Does that give you
    enough space there Mark to be able to see the stinger
    as it goes into my arm? – [Mark] Yes sir. – We’ve got clear
    visibility on the abdomen. Here we go. I’m going to move the little
    wooden base out of the way. The glass capsule is
    right here in frame. Forearm on the table. I’m Coyote Peterson, and I’m about to take on
    the bullet ant challenge. Are you ready? – [Mark] Let’s do it. – One… (deep breath) Two… Oh my gosh, this is it. Three… Dah! Oh! Oh, it’s tuck in my arm! It’s stuck in my arm! Ooo! Gosh! The stingers
    stuck in my arm look at that! Ooo! Okay, it’s off, it’s off! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Ooo! – [Mark] You alright? – Oh my God, it is really bad! Oh my gosh, I think it has
    the tarantula hawk topped! (bold instrumental music) Gooo! – [Mark] You alright man? – Yep! Ho! Did you see that? The stinger was stuck into my
    forearm right into the vein! There is the sting
    insertion point right there. Oh my gosh! It is like, rrr, it’s hot! Oh, I can feel the venom
    already right in my forearm! (heavy breathing) Ahh! (grunting) It is! It’s number one! Ahh! (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh! Oh, it’s burning more! It’s getting worse! Hold on, hold on, hold on! Ahh! Ahh!
    (heavy breathing) Ah, my whole arm is
    getting really tight. (heavy breathing) Oh my gosh, Mark, put
    your arm out here! Just tell them, feel my forearm! – [Mark] Wow. – It is like rock hard, I think it’s spasming
    up the muscle. Now, the toxin that
    comes out of the sting of a bullet ant is
    a poneratoxin toxin, which can cause
    you to hallucinate, so I don’t know how much venom
    actually went into my arm. All I know is that the
    stinger was in my forearm for a considerable
    amount of time. Ahhh! (grunting) Oh my gosh! Owe, oh! Dude, I think my neck is
    having a muscle spasm too. My whole muscle structure
    is like pounded right now. Ahh! What is that? Okay, that’s not good,
    let’s keep an eye on that. My neck is like stiffening up. My entire arm feels like it’s
    having a spasm right now. (heavy breathing) Okay. – [Mark] Is it getting
    better or worse? – No, it’s worse, it’s
    coming in waves of pain now. Oh my gosh! It is, hold on, I am
    super light headed, like super light headed.
    (heavy breathing) – [Mark] Do you need some water? – [Mario] You’re getting flush,
    your face is turning red. And you’re getting
    puffy under your eye. (heavy breathing) – I’m sweating
    bullets right now. Bullets, bullets of sweat
    from the bullet ant. Okay, I’m gonna try
    to stay composed. We’re gonna have to cut
    the scene pretty quickly. I’m in a lot of pain right now. Okay, at the moment, I am experiencing hot
    radiating waves of pain. It feels as if someone has
    stabbed me with a hot poker, and I can actually feel
    the venom, it’s throbbing, it’s very similar to the
    bite of the gila monster. When I was bitten by the gila
    monster it was intense pain, and then it would reside, and then it would
    return with a vengeance. This is…
    (heavy breathing) At this point, the tarantula
    hawk was already done hurting. This is gettin’ worse,
    this is gettin’ worse. I don’t know if I’m gonna be
    able to take this for 24 hours. (laughing) It pumped me full of venom. This is gonna be bad. It’s one thing to get tagged, and you know, to be,
    “Ahh! I got stung!” It’s another thing to be like, I’m just hoping you
    got that shot Mark where it was literally
    latched on and stinging me. Ooo, I am sweating
    bullets right now. It is humid, but
    my body’s on fire. It’s been about 20
    minutes since the sting, and look at my arm. It feels like it is on fire
    about up to my shoulder, extremely painful
    right in that region, it’s red, it is swollen, but I feel composed enough to
    give you guys a proper outro. Now, they say that this pain
    is gonna last for 24 hours, and my goodness, if it does,
    I’m in for one wild day. But I think it goes
    without question that the bullet ant
    sting is the most painful that I have faced thus far on
    the insect sting pain index. However, as some
    of you may know, there are whispers
    that there is possibly a more painful sting out there. The warrior wasp may challenge
    the bullet ant’s claim at the peak of the
    insect sting pain index. Am I gonna be willing to
    take on that challenge, stay tuned, we’ll find out. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild! We’ll see you on
    the next adventure! Whoo! What a day! As we returned this legendary
    creature back to its colony, the insect was immediately
    greeted by the other ants. Like a soldier who had
    returned from a great battle, and who would perhaps
    share its tale of the giant human it had
    defeated with a single sting. And as I watched this
    fearless gladiator disappear into the darkness, from my perspective I too felt
    as if I had defeated a giant. A giant ladder I challenge
    my self to climb, and we’ve all come to know as
    the insect sting pain index. I am proud to say I made it, and when it comes to
    the most painful sting in the insect kingdom, so far, it definitely belongs
    to the bullet ant. It has been a long 24 hours. Now, they say that the bullet
    ant is the 24 hour ant. My arm is still sore today. Guys, looks at my arm. I think the venom actually
    scarred the skin right there. I don’t know if you
    can see it on my face, I’m exhausted, barely
    slept at all last night because my arm was
    just pulsating. I could feel these hot waves
    of pain going though it. I guess we’ll see where
    it’s at in 48 hours. It’s still stinging now. Legends are born from
    the stories we are told, and as they are passed down
    from generation to generation they often times
    become so grandiose they are nearly
    impossible to believe. But when it comes to
    the legend of bala, trust me when I say
    the tales are true. If you thought the bullet
    ant sting was intense, make sure to check
    out the aftermath, and the steps I took
    to immediately reduce
    the searing pain. And don’t forget subscribe, so you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. (bold world music)
    (birds chirping)



    August 13, 2019

    – [Coyote] You ready? – [Cameraman] Oh,
    spider, huge spider! Right there right there,
    Oh, whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? – [Coyote] No no no no no. I think that’s a
    funnel web spider. – Okay, a bite from this
    is potentially lethal. I’m just gonna set that down
    and see if I can coax it. It’s in, it’s in
    there, it’s in there. (highly energetic music) Australia’s arguably the most dangerous continent
    in the world. I’m sure that as your
    imagination begins to run wild, you are likely
    thinking about being snatched from a river’s
    edge and eaten alive by a giant Saltwater Crocodile. Or perhaps you are envisioning
    how terrifying it would be if you were to stumble
    upon and be bitten by one of it’s incredibly
    venomous snakes, like the Eastern Brown. However, it’s not
    only the reptiles that you need to be weary off. Tonight we are exploring
    just outside of Sydney, the most densely populated
    city in Australia, which also happens to be home to the world’s deadliest spider,
    the Sydney Funnel Web. Armed with a set
    of massive fangs, and an incredibly toxic
    venom, just a single bite from this spider has the
    ability to kill a human. Sounds terrifying, yet these
    spiders are rather illusive and tend to avoid
    humans at all cost. In fact, they can be
    rather difficult to find, as building their silk
    lined, funnel shaped burrows under rocks or in rotting logs keeps them hidden
    and out of sight. Ooh, covered in ants,
    watch out for that. Let’s go on the back
    side of this tree. There’s some logs
    to flip over here. So, unless you’re like me
    and are flipping over debris in the environment, your
    odds of encountering one are pretty unlikely. You ready? Lift this up. Oh, spider, huge spider. Right there, right there,
    Oh, Whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? No, no, no, no, no, I think
    that’s a Funnel Web Spider. Right there, just came out
    from underneath that log. Look at it’s
    abdomen, right there. Holy cow, that’s definitely
    a Funnel Web Spider. Hold on, I need to get
    it in this container. Oh my gosh, did you see? It’s a good thing I picked up
    the log from the other side. It was just burrowed
    right underneath there. – [Cameraman] That’s a
    tiny container, dude. That looks too big
    to be a Funnel Web. – [Coyote] No, no,
    no, it definitely is. Look at the front of it’s body. – [Cameraman] Oh yeah. – [Coyote] Wow, that
    spider’s so big, I don’t think it’s going
    to fit in this container. Mario, you have that bigger jar? – [Mario] Yeah, I think might
    have one in my backpack. Hang on. – [Coyote] Let me see
    if I can peel back some of these grasses.
    It looks like a tarantula but, Ooh, it’s moving, hurry up. – [Mario] I understand, here. – [Coyote] Okay, bite from
    this is potentially lethal. I’m just going to set that
    down and see if I can coax it. I’m going to try to coax it
    right into the container. Now they cannot jump but
    they will lunge forward. Oh, it’s in, it’s
    in there, it’s in. There we go. Wow, look at that.
    Oh yeah. That is 100 percent
    a Funnel Web Spider. – [Cameraman] That is a big one. – Wow, we can not
    miss getting this up close for the cameras. Okay, let me grab my bag and
    let’s head up to those rocks. Wow, that is without
    question a Funnel Web Spider. The question that remains
    is what species is it? I want to find a
    good, flat open rock. – [Cameraman] How about
    that one right there? – This? Yeah.
    Yeah, that looks pretty. – [Cameraman] Or that
    one. Is that better? – Yeah, that’s a
    little bit better. Let’s see if it will just
    sit on top of the rocks if it’s just like this. – [Cameraman] Yeah, I
    like this, this is good. – Wow. – [Cameraman] Let’s have a look. – That is intimidating. It does, it looks
    like a tarantula. I know you said,
    “Is it a tarantula? “You sure it’s a
    Funnel Web Spider?” 100 percent certain it’s
    a Funnel Web Spider. One of the ways that you can
    identify this species as such is they have a very
    bald cephalothorax. Now, they do have hairs on
    their legs, and on the abdomen, but that is how you can
    recognize a Funnel Web Spider, and that’s the perfect
    sort of place to find them. Underneath logs
    where they can wait and ambush for their prey. Now, they will also,
    obviously, be inside of burrows with those little funnel web
    systems, and whoa, am I glad that I picked up the log
    from the end that I did. Now, my fingers didn’t
    tuck underneath the log. I was on the top side
    and that’s why you always pick up a log from an
    area that you can see, because if you tuck
    your fingers underneath, you grapple onto that
    spider, and you take a bite, you are on your way to the
    hospital, without question. Okay, now, I know it’s probably
    kind of tough to see it inside of this container, so
    let me see if I can take it out and place it on the rock here, and let’s get some
    shots with you. Are you ready for that? – [Cameraman] Okay,
    let me help the guys break out the light real quick. – Okay,
    It’s getting dark. We’re losing light here. (dramatic music) Alright guys, we have
    the lights set up now, and in the lights, the
    spider is even more intimidating looking. You can see the sheen on the
    legs and the cephalothorax. Ah, it’s already cast
    a little bit of webbing inside the container
    there, and uh, I think if you guys are ready, let’s take it out
    of the container and see if it will just hold
    it’s ground here on the rock. Now, this is an extremely
    aggressive spider species, and often times, they won’t run, but what they will do is rear up and show you those fangs,
    and those front legs. Okay.
    We have to be very cautious. Yeah, I’m just going to
    gently tilt this down like this, and let’s
    see if it will crawl out and just stop right
    there, here we go. Okay, see if I can
    get it to stay still. Ooh, you stay, you
    stay, you stay. Actually, maybe I’ll do this. It seems to be more comfortable
    inside the container. – [Cameraman] Yeah,
    that works for me. How about you, Mario?
    Okay. This is such a dangerous spider. I mean, even more so
    than a wandering spider. – [Cameramen] Ohh.
    Okay. Look at those hooked legs,
    allowing it to hold on to the edge of the container. Let me see if I do
    this, maybe if I put the container over
    top of it, and give it just a second to
    stay right there. Now, one reason that
    the bite it so bad is that because when they
    bite, their fangs are so long, they actually will
    hook into you, hold on, and continue
    to pump venom. And it’s not like a Black
    Widow or a Red Back Spider where they might give
    you a warning bite. A bite from this spider
    species is full on, as much venom as I can inject. Okay, let’s try this. Everybody got a decent
    shot on the spider? There you have it, wow,
    and just for scale. Look at how big that
    spider is next to my hand. Not taking my eyes
    off of the arachnid. That is definitely as close
    as I feel like I can get. Alright Mark, let’s try this, I’m going to try to present it from just it’s still
    position, right there, and like all spider species,
    you see those very defined eight legs, but they also have
    very long pedipalps upfront and that helps them to
    grapple on to their prey, and when they rear up,
    they show those fangs, and their fangs are
    incredibly long. Longer, in some
    cases, than even some of the snake species
    here in Australia. Now, one of the reasons that
    this spider is considered so dangerous, is because
    they can often times be found in residential areas. The Sydney Funnel Web
    specifically is often times found right in
    people’s backyards. That’s why they tell
    you if you’re out there working in the garden, make
    sure you have on gloves. You can be tilling up
    dirt, accidentally grab one of these things, it bites
    you on the tip of the finger, and you may be seeing symptoms
    in as few as 15 minutes. Now, the immediate bite, you’re
    definitely going to notice. The fangs are long
    enough to draw blood, but immediately you’ll feel
    throbbing in your finger, and shortly after,
    you’ll start to feel a tingling in your
    mouth and lips. Now, if you’re bitten
    by one of these spiders, you want to apply compression
    to the entire arm. So, let’s say you’re bitten
    on the top of your finger, put compression straps up
    the length of your arm. That will help slow the movement of the venom into your body. Wow, that is impressive. Now, there are around
    40 recognized species of Funnel Web Spider, with
    one of the most dangerous being the Sydney Funnel
    Web, and I can’t identify exactly if this is
    a Sydney or not, but what we do want to do
    is actually take this spider back with us into civilization. Where we want to go is the
    Australian Reptile Park. They are, oh, it’s moving. The Australian Reptile
    Park is the one place in Australia where they
    actually extract venom from these spiders
    and then in turn build an antivenom for
    people that are bitten. So, this spider that
    we found right here, might actually be used
    to save some lives. How cool is that?
    Awesome. I think the best thing to
    do now is put a cap on this, place it in my pack,
    and call it a night. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild. We’ll see you on
    the next adventure. Alright, we are
    taking this spider to the Australian Reptile Park. Wow, what a find! Australia’s home to a collection
    of dangerous arachnids, from the Red Back,
    to the Huntsmen, and ultimately the Funnel Web. This beautiful continent is
    crawling with venomous spiders. Catching a Funnel Web
    Spider is something I had always hoped to do, and
    now with one in my possession, it was time that the crew and I headed to the
    Australian Reptile Park. Famous for being the only
    sanctuary of it’s type in Australia, they’re
    renowned for their spider and snake venom milking program. Will our spider’s venom be
    used to save human lives? Stay tuned for the
    fascinating conclusion as I get dangerously close
    to this creepy arachnid. And don’t forget, subscribe so
    you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. Things are about
    to get dangerous. (animal noises)