Photos: See the Animal 'Olympics of the Natural World'

In real time

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National Geographic invites you to fly with Mexican free-tailed bats, swim with bull sharks and roost with leaf-eating monkeys, all from the comfort of your couch. The show, deemed the "Olympics of the natural world" by National Geographic, features amazing views of the animal kingdom from around the world in real time as hosts Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan consult with zoologist and naturalist Chris Packham.

The two-hour show, Earth Live, premiers at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday (July 9) on the National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo networks in 171 countries and 45 languages. Until then, here is a sneak peak of the incredible animals filmed in the show. [Read the Full Story about Earth Live]

Freshwater Croc

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A freshwater crocodile plies the waters at his home at the Cairns Tropical Zoo in Queensland, Australia.

Intense eyes

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In the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, an ocelot (Felis pardalis) is seen up close.

Bats swarming

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Outside Bracken Cave in Texas, a Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) emerging in a large group.

Playing in a sprinkle

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A wolverine runs in Oulu, Finland.

Sudden changes

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In Fiji, a bull shark turns sharply to avoid a photographer.

Love and cuddles

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In East Africa, a lioness and her cub spread the love at Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.

Working for a living

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In Southeast Asia, a trained macaque monkey collects coconuts in Ko Samui, Thailand.

Majestic and regal

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In Boulder County, Colorado, a captive golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) sits solemnly in the rain.

Awesome sight

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Off the coast of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, an adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaches in the shallow waters.

Leap and run

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In Asia, a Hanuman langur (Presbytis entellus) runs playfully across the road in Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh state, India.