Relentless Enemies

Synopsis: A documentary on a pride of lions and their buffalo prey trapped on an island in the Okavango delta.
Genre: Documentary
 
IMDB:
7.8
Year:
2006
90 min
5 Views

It is the trade-off that Africa must make

from time to time.

Under the lions' inescapable surveillance,

it is a constant effort just to survive.

So each precious life

that slips into existence

in this game of life and death

is a victory against the sentinels

that scan the bushes

for any sign of opportunity.

Every delicate first step silently bolsters

the herd against their decline

under the relentless onslaughts they endure.

Each wobble during the agonizing hour

it takes to stabilize,

is a celebratory yell against the fates.

And each successful birth is a tiny contract

that keeps the system alive.

The synchrony of births overwhelms

the Tsaro pride with a flood of calves

that outdoes their capacity

to kill all the newborn.

They are limited to what they can eat today,

one calf at a time.

Although many are killed,

the majority of the baby buffalo survive.

As the buffalo start to move,

the lions of the Tsaro pride

feel their pangs of hunger begin to stir.

Ahead will be a fast-moving game

of life and death,

for they must know that taking on

a fully grown buffalo

with nothing but claws and teeth

has to be the most dangerous game of all.

On this unique Okavango island,

with its one herd of buffalo

and three prides of lions,

one would expect the nights to be filled

with bloodcurdling bellows.

But strangely, these lions seldom hunt

under the cover of darkness.

So nighttime is the herd's chance to

slip away to the far side of the island,

or even across the river, if they can.

The lions' diligence

has kept the herd contained

within the Tsaro territory for weeks.

While there has been a feast on this side

of the channel,

there has been a famine on the other.

The lions to the north, the Skimmer pride,

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