this harrowing archive clip from the 2006 BBC documentary series Planet Earth, David
Attenborough explores the danger African bush elephants
when sharing a water hole with desperate, starving lions. The
elephants may dominate the water hole during the day – but the balance of power
shifts as night falls.
to BBC Nature, the Planet Earth crew spent
six weeks following one of Africa's largest prides, and used night-vision
technology to capture ambush and chase techniques that had rarely been witnessed
hoping to get a glimpse of lions up close should head
to Malawi, where the recent reintroduction of lions represents a symbolic
new start for this under-the-radar African nation.
All week, BBC Travel is running archive BBC Earth clips to celebrate more
than 50 years of natural history film making by Sir David Attenborough! For more
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