Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary intensive pace, where everything we know seems turned on its head. Experience the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and the unforgiving desert of the Wild West.
In an adventure of giant proportions, Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals.
Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive.
A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can our heroes not only stay alive, but also become masters of their universe.
Entering into a state of torpor, chipmunks can drop their body temperature from 33°C to 5°C to survive the icy grip of winter.
Hidden in an underground burrow the chipmunk will periodically stir from its torpor to feed on a stash of acorns they diligently collect over the autumn. After feeding, it cools its body and goes back into a state of inactivity, until spring arrives to thaw the frozen ground.
Chipmunk litters are large as their survival rate is extremely low: 10 young chipmunks, also known as kits, can quickly be reduced down to 2 in matter of weeks. The chance of them surviving to the ripe-old-age of 3 years is only 1/300. Their presence in the forest allows other animals to flourish; they are a great source of food for many predators. But predation is just one of the difficulties these little critters face on a daily basis.
Commonly observed eating centipedes, scorpions and lizards, the grasshopper mouse, historically known as the scorpion mouse, is a rodent noted to have a particular appetite for meat. These mice have been found to have adaptations that have allowed them to become efficient predators.
Resistant to the neurotoxin of a species of scorpion that is lethal to vertebrates, including humans, the grasshopper mouse is able to convert the venom of the bark scorpion into a mild analgesic. Interactions between the two groups are said to date back as far as c.6 million years ago.
Grasshopper mice stand on their hind legs, throw back their head and emit a high-pitched ‘howl’, this often done to define territories or before it makes a kill. When slowed-down this sound is similar to that of a wolf howling.