"Bandito: The Black-Footed Ferret" is the ninth episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 9, 2014. Overall, it is the 75th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, Martin wants to try out Aviva's new stone digging machine, but Aviva insists that he does not, because the machine is not done. Impatient, Martin takes it for a test drive at night, but the lack of stability in the machine causes Martin to crash land. The next morning, Martin realizes that he is around an unknown colony of black-footed ferrets. While the rest of the crew tries to find him, Zach Varmitech is plotting to use the ferrets for "Robber-bots" to sneak into the Tortuga and steal all of Aviva's inventions.
The episode begins with a live action segment, in which the Kratt brothers describe the predator-prey relationship between prairie dog predators and prairie dogs. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Wild Kratts are roasting marshmallows over a fire in prairies of North America, when Martin sees Aviva's Stone Digger, and he wants to try it out. Aviva stops him, and explains that it still needs some adjustments. Later, as everyone sleeps, Martin sneakily exits the Tortuga and starts the Stone Digger. The Stone Digger is hard for Martin to control, and it soon crashes. Morning approaches, and the Wild Kratts find out that Martin is missing, and they all head off to search for him. Zach Varmitech, on the other hand, knows where Martin is. As he observes, Martin finds a black-footed ferret in the exposed tunnels in the crash site. Zach decides to take a look at the Tortuga after this, and he hopes to find a way to get inside so he can steal the Wild Kratts' technology.
Martin names the black-footed ferret Bandito. Martin then meets Bandito's family and sees one of the ferrets hunt prairie dogs through the tunnels. Zach, still watching, gets the idea to make "Robber-bots" out of the ferrets. He engages his plane's "cloud-camouflage" and lands it near Martin. Zach then orders his Zachbots to suck up the ferrets from their tunnels. After he is done, he takes off and camouflages his plane.
Aviva finds Martin at the crash site. Martin apologizes to Aviva, and says that he found black-footed ferrets. He calls the rest of the team with Aviva's Creature Pod, explaining to them that Aviva has found him and that Zach has flown off with a colony of black-footed ferrets. Later, Aviva reluctantly agrees to make a Creature Power Disc and a hand-held drill with the remnants of the Stone Digger. Chris, who found Zach's plane, sends his location to the two. While Zach explains his plan to his Zachbots, Aviva uses the hand-held drill to make a hole in one of the plane's vents. The Kratt bothers activate their Black-Footed Ferret Creature Power Suits, and Aviva helps them get into the ventilation system. As Zach tells his Zachbots to not ask any questions, they deactivate the Robber-bots, releasing the ferrets. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers, the ferrets, and the rest of the team return to the prairie.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment, in which the Kratt brothers find black-footed ferrets at night. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
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Key facts and Creature Moments
- A black-footed ferret can pursue and catch prey in winding tunnels because its long, thin body allows it to twist and turn easily.
- The black patch of fur surrounding a black-footed ferret's eyes helps reduce glare, making it easier for the ferret to see its prey.