Collaring a Cat | Big Cat Week

RESEARCHER: We are putting radio collars in these cats because it’s a really good way to follow them. The collar is not a problem for a jaguar. They are quite light. It’s not the prettiest technology but it’s really, really efficient technology. NARRATOR: First, Esperanza gets a full health check. Jaguars have the most powerful […]

A Landscape of Fear | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: Lions are awkward in the trees. But on solid ground, they’ll not only steal from other predators, they’ll go out of their way to take them out. Even the much smaller wild dog is seen as competition, and competition must be destroyed. [birds chirping] Wild dogs generally do whatever they can to stay out […]

Killers in Training | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: These cubs have ringside seats for a gruesome show, a buffalo hunt. Silent assassins take their places to surround the herd. And the game begins. The lead females test the herd. They need to single out a target. The cubs must stay clear and watch. Shoulder to shoulder, the buffalo form a defensive wall. […]

One Last Meal | Big Cat Week

[music playing] [elephant wailing] NARRATOR: Lioness versus elephant calf. Two inch canines grip on to inch thick skin. But the two ton youngster fights back to its feet. It takes the whole family to bring this giant to its knees. And when it’s down, it’s over. For the young males, this is their last meal […]

Hunting a Capybara | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: A male capybara might look docile, but they’re expert swimmers with razor sharp teeth. The jaguars– they don’t realize that there’s a capybara over there. NARRATOR: The jaguars are now so secretive that the only way to see how they hunt is with remote cameras. We can see that these sisters are really, really […]

A Lioness on the Hunt | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: A lioness owns this oasis. Her prey must drink at her waterhole. [music playing] She’s not just hunting for herself. She has two young daughters watching her every move. They’re totally dependent on her for food, and catching it is not easy. [music playing] She’s an ambush predator, but there’s no cover on these […]

Discovering the Inner Cub | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: Cats often switch from having elegant poise to being in touch with their inner cub. And it’s this side of cats we find most heartwarming, entertaining, even hilarious. Their mothers don’t always agree. [music playing] A cat mother has the uncanny ability to continue with her chores and manage to entertain her young with […]

Sneaky Scavengers | Big Cat Week

[music playing] NARRATOR: Unlike the loner leopard, jackals– canine cousins of the wild dog– lead a more sociable life. They can live as pairs and mate for life. [music playing] They’re also extremely cunning and adaptive. Equal opportunity hunters and thieves. Like shadows, they hang out on the fringes of other predators’ kills. Even a […]

Cheetah Cubs First Adventure | Big Cat Week

[birds chirping] [singing] [music playing] NARRATOR: For Ceta’s five cubs, living in this snug little home seems like paradise. The cubs are now old enough for their first trip. The gazelle herds have moved on, and the family needs to catch up. Ceta quickly discovers that herding cats isn’t easy. For Ceta, it’s time to […]

A Dangerous River Crossing | Big Cat Week

NARRATOR: The pride’s young males are in the greatest danger. gang view them as a threat and hunt them down. [music playing] Mara also fled in the battle but as a lioness, is in less danger. For the first time in her life, she is alone. She has lost everything. Kali’s gang drive out Mara’s […]