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

has been without food for too long,

and now their hunger

drives them through the water.

They are nowhere near the size

of the Tsaro lionesses,

but they have other skills.

Now, the Skimmer pride has to risk

making an insurgent sortie.

Just four small adult females

with 1 0 hungry and ineffectual cubs,

they have to do this stealthily.

They are taking a huge risk.

If they panic the herd too early,

the Tsaro females are bound to

hear the chase and react.

Too vigorous an attack, and the cubs

could fall underfoot of a stampede.

When a single female sees her target,

the risk increases even more.

The only option now is a frontal attack.

This is almost suicidal.

Incredibly, she fells

an adult cow buffalo unaided,

and drowns its muffled bellows in the water.

Their desperation sees off any intruders.

A hurried meal is all they can risk for now.

To the south, the big Tsaro females

are ready and waiting.

In a sophisticated and well-honed tactic

of herding the buffalo,

they first panic them with

a strange, growling charge.

The object is not to attack,

but to stampede the herd into the water.

Only then do they pick off

the struggling young

as they flounder out of their depth.

It is Silver Eye who makes the first contact,

dragging her prey underwater

to deliver mortal wounds

before the mother can retaliate

and rescue her calf.

Then the hunt goes into phase two.

Now, like sheepdogs,

the lions herd the buffalo together,

relentlessly pushing in.

It is clinical, this constant probing

for weakness,

the following through the flood waters

for up to seven hours at a time.

The lone female hangs back for a moment,

but the cub is eager to join in

despite his instinctive fear of water.

Water is an element that all Tsaro lions

must conquer early to become what they are,

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