"Snow Runners" is the nineteenth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on February 18, 2013. Overall it is the 59th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, the Kratt brothers crash their rocket-propelled sled into the Tortuga, which causes an unlocked cage containing three hispid hares (which were supposed to be taken to Nepal) to slide away. The Kratt brothers go out into the snow to find the hares, but the cold and the deep snow keep them from moving quickly. This changed when they come across a snowshoe hare, whose wide feet keep it from sinking in the snow.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers find a snowshoe hare in the forest in the winter. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Tortuga flies over the wintry forests of North America, preparing to head to Nepal to return three hispid hares. Their only task left is to pick up the Kratt brothers, who are speeding across the snow in their rocket-propelled sled. Jimmy lands the Tortuga in their path. Martin removes one of the jet engines, but the sled fails to slow down, and it crashes into the Tortuga. Aviva and Koki kick away the sled, which pushes the cage holding the hispid hares out the door.
The Tortuga is heading to Nepal, when the Wild Kratts find out that the hispid hares are missing. After vowing to find them, Jimmy turns the Tortuga around. The Kratt brothers slide down the hill and quickly find the cage, which is empty. The two then follow the tracks, and when they the snow level reaches knee-height, the Kratt brothers find a snowshoe hare. The Kratt brothers realize that getting around in the snow would be much easier if they had wide feet like the snowshoe hare. They miniaturize, and afterwards, Martin names the snowshoe hare Avalanche. They climb on top of Avalanche and ride him. After getting chased by a goshawk, Avalanche jumps into a thicket, where one of the hispid hares is seeking shelter. Chris activates his Basilisk Lizard Creature Power Suit after Martin hands him some shed basilisk scales. He takes the hispid hare back to the Tortuga via a makeshift sled.
Martin finds another hispid hare near a nearby leafless bush. Chris arrives and takes it back to the Tortuga. Seeing a lynx in the distance, Avalanche crouches. The lynx slowly approaches Avalanche and Martin, when Avalanche kicks some snow and hops away. The lynx chases Avalanche until Avalanche hops into the thicket. Later, Martin sees a hispid hare crawling through the snow, which the lynx slowly creeps upon. A Lynx Disc is teleported to Martin, and he activates his Creature Power Suit. Chris helps by donning a rabbit disguise to distract the lynx. Martin grabs the hispid hare and they run back to the Tortuga. At the end, while Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy Z are petting the hispid hares, the Kratt brothers have fun tossing vegetables to the animals of the forest.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment. Chris pretends to be a snowshoe hare, while Martin pretends to be a lynx hunting Chris. Chris fails to stay quiet, and Martin catches up to him. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Snowshoe hare: Avalanche
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Some animals change their habits and their looks to match the seasons. For example, the snowshoe hare has coarse, brown fur in the summer and white, thick fur in the winter. This adaptation is used as camouflage.
- A heavy animal with small feet tends to sink in snow more easily than a light animal with large feet. This is an example of how the surface-area-to-volume ratio works in nature.