Relentless Enemies

Synopsis: A documentary on a pride of lions and their buffalo prey trapped on an island in the Okavango delta.
Genre: Documentary
90 min

a specialist buffalo hunter.

Because lions are cooperative killers,

he must also learn

how to be part of the pride

and obey the harsh rules that govern it.

He has a brief window,

while under his mother's intense protection,

to memorize the personality

of each pride member.

The lone female is his first study.

The mother's explosive defense

only increases the tension in the pride

and sets in motion a further

and ominous isolation of the old female.

As a Tsaro lion,

his world is now a world of buffalo.

Slowly, the clicking horns

and occasional bellows

will become as common to his ears

as the sound of flood waters

rippling on the sand.

Each day brings him closer to the time

when he'll be ready to propel himself

into the midst of the herd,

unflinchingly throwing himself,

just like his mother does,

against the terrifying wall of horns.

The buffalo must walk their own

knife-edged path of survival,

finding food and water

while all the time avoiding the dangers

that will leave their bones scattered

in the indignity of death.

The buffalo are crossing back

into his mother's territory.

She has anticipated the path

of the herd's return perfectly.

The technique, flush the herd

and scan for the weak.

This time she is alone.

But she knows the gifts

of this summer season,

the newborn calves.

Buffalo's senses, both of sight and smell,

are well developed.

Their hearing is excellent.

These are intense and alert animals,

but a sixth sense creeps through her now.

She knows there is a lion nearby

and she knows it is coming for her calf.

All cats have an instinctive fear of water.

But when the mother leads

her day-old calf into the swamp,

the Tsaro lioness doesn't hesitate to follow.

There is iron-fisted determination

in a female with a hunger and a cub to feed.

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