Kratt Brothers on Filming With an Animal's-Eye View

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Tom Foreman: Doing that kind of thing, though, also involves some inherent dangers. Tell me about the most dangerous time you've had out there.

Martin Kratt: Well, we were riding elephants because that's a great way to get close to tigers in India…

Chris Kratt: Because the elephants aren't afraid of the tigers, the tigers aren't afraid of elephants.

Martin Kratt: So the tigers will behave naturally. And we were just on top of this elephant and filming. We each had a camera. We were really into it.

Chris Kratt: There was a railing on the saddle that we were filming from and I just leaned out as far as I possibly could, and then suddenly, crack! The railing broke and I went sliding down the elephant's behind right in front of this mother tiger and two cubs. As I was falling, I grabbed onto this rope that was dangling off the saddle and I had the camera in one hand and was hanging there with the other and looking at this mother tiger.

Martin Kratt: I didn't know any of this was going on because I was really focused on the tiger and she got up now and you know she was looking, and I thought "Wow, this is great footage!" I didn't realize anything was happening until I heard Chris say, "I'm slipping." And then I looked and he was dangling there.

Chris Kratt: And like a true brother, what does he do?

Martin Kratt: I grabbed the camera. I figured he could hold on a little longer (laugh).

Tom Foreman: You guys care a lot about frogs.

Martin Kratt: They're so amazing. There is such diversity with frogs and toads. We want each frog and toad to survive just because they are. But for the people who need to put it in human terms, like: Why is it good for humans to preserve toads? The reason is because half their life cycle is in water, so if there are any impurities in the water, it's going to show by them having three hind legs instead of two.

Tom Foreman: Do you think somewhere off in the future people are going to look back and say this was a golden age in which we came to understand what we needed to do for the earth? Or are we going to say we missed our chance?

Chris Kratt: I hope the former.

Martin Kratt: Definitely. Sometimes when we go to Africa, and read the accounts of a hundred, two hundred years ago, I think we've already missed the chance. We've already lost a lot. And I don't know. We're not sure if we can save animals, but we're sure gonna try.

Chris Kratt: Yeah, if we had some impact on making the former scenario that you mentioned happen, then we'd be really proud.

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