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Lion Attacked By Pack Of Hyenas In This Week's 'Dynasties'

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Lion Attacked By Pack Of Hyenas In This Week's 'Dynasties'

David Attenborough's Dynasties is back on Sunday and this time it's centred on lions.

Yup, it's almost as though Sir Dave knew the live-action Lion King trailer was set to drop, isn't it?

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This episode shows the year in the life of a lioness called Charm and her pride of 10. As we've come to expect from Dynasties, the show is beautifully shot and shows the struggles experienced by animals on a day-to-day basis.

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In one scene a young lion named Red breaks away from the pride and wanders off his own. He's quickly surrounded by a group of hyenas. The hyenas run at him and begin to nip at him, as the lion seems to twig that he's out of his depth.

However, the lion doesn't give up and starts fighting back against the hyenas, roaring at them and giving chase. He even manages to catch by the neck and give it a shake before letting it go. Gripping stuff.


Everything Attenborough touches turns to TV gold and viewers are absolutely loving the new series. Last week's episode showed us the challenges faced by emperor penguins who live in -60C degree conditions.

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At one point, a group of penguins - including their babies - became trapped, forcing the crew to make the unprecedented move to intervene and save them.

Dynasties director Will Lawson, camera operator Lindsay McCrae and assistant Stefan Christmann said the team made a unanimous decision to step in and create some steps so the birds could get out.

Lawson said: "We opted to intervene passively.

"Once we'd dug that little ramp, which took very little time, we left it to the birds. We were elated when they decided to use it.

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"There's no rule book in those situations. You can only respond to the facts that are right there in front of you.

"As you can imagine, we only show a fraction of the real trauma and difficulty that the animals go through - it was a very hard thing to see."

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He added: "What was unique with this was that the only other animal there was us - nothing else would directly benefit from this.

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"I'm sure some people will have an opinion in the other direction, but in my heart of hearts I think we made the right decision."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Claire Reid
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