A lioness fights like a queen as she fiercely protects her cubs from a herd of buffaloes in BBC's series 'Dynasties'.
Most people think that animals live a very simple life. They believe that they have basic desires and instincts and that is what runs their lives. This isn't true. They are a lot more complex than most of think. They too are aware of the concepts like revenge and bullying. Most people and animals know lions to be lazy but at the same time very fierce and the reason behind most other species in the wild losing out on their herd members or family members. Humans can't really point the finger at the lions for killing other animals recklessly and eating them because that would only make us all hypocrites. If we actually take the time to observe lions, we will learn that they are in fact, not so aggressive all the time and know how to chill around all day.
A lot of lions like to hang out cuddle. Most of them, in fact, sleep for around 15 to 18 hours a day. That's A LOT of sleeping in one day. That is almost around as much as a sloth sleeps in a day. The difference is that lions are faster and more active and scary when they are awake. Other than being lazy, cuddly, and fierce at the same time, lions are also known to be very good moms. Not just in the stereotypical mom way, they really care and protect their children from any danger that they face.
BBC America just started a new series called 'Dynasties', and in one of the videos shared by this docuseries, a lion mama can be seen saving the life of her baby cub. The lioness goes by the name of Charm and she is seen protecting her extremely vulnerable cub from a herd of buffalo. Ironically, the herd of buffalo is actually seen as the baby killers and the lion is seen as the caregiver here. Most times, we often see the opposite happen. The new series premiered on January 19 on BBC America.
The show follows the lives of five extraordinary and endangered animals - lions, tigers, penguins, chimpanzees, and painted wolves. It examines families of animals that are from these particular species, how they hunt or gather food, how they care for their families, and everything we need to know about them. The show is narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough. In this video he explains, "Buffalo seek out lion cubs and will kill them if they get the chance," adding that they "trample them to death."
The cubs seen in the video are around two weeks old and are already being attacked by the herd of buffalo. Guess that's just how life in the wild is, one day you're king, next day you're prey. Getting back to the video, Charm is seen shielding her cubs with her body and at one point, she even gets frustrated and slaps a buffalo on the head. She finally manages to force the entire herd to back down. That's the power of a lioness! She can be outnumbered by animals bigger and possibly as strong as her but will still win a fight. No wonder the Lions are associated with bravery.
The series has released one episode so far. During the start of the series, the narrator, Sir Attenborough says, "The family is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Family life is full of wonder, beauty and… drama." Thus, giving the viewers a brief of what they are to expect from the show. Each episode is dedicated to a different animal family and highlights a crucial point in their lives. It shows that crucial point that might just change their fate forever and all the burden falls on the leaders of these families.
The first episode is about super lion mama Charm who is a mother to four lion cubs in Kenya, Africa’s Masai Mara. Carm and her cousin, Sienna, happen to be the only adult members of their family. The male members abandoned them a while ago. Now, the two females have to raise their children and take care of the family, protecting the cubs from the likes of buffalos, hyenas, rival pride, and most of all, humans. The future of their dynasty depends on the two females as they are ready to take on the roles of both hunters and protectors.
#PenguinAwarenessDay Watching the recent @bbc #Dynasties episode on Emperor penguins reminded me how incredibly resilient, cooperative and completely gorgeous these animals are!— Laura Moore (@Laura_e_london) January 20, 2019
Be aware, care about #climatechange. pic.twitter.com/4S1TGNyQJJ
We know what some of the other episodes of the series are going to talk about. The second episode focuses on David the chimpanzee whose reign seems to be coming to an end as his rivals seem to be eyeing his throne. The third episode revolves around Tait, the matriarch of one of the last great painted wolf families. The next one follows Raj Bhera, the female tiger protecting her idyllic territory. Finally, the fifth episode throws light on the survivors of the emperor penguins.