The Trials of Life: Hunting and Escaping
The fourth episode in David Attenborough's major animal behaviour series, The Trials of Life: Hunting and Escaping is an emotive and realistic account of predation in the animal kingdom.
An in-depth study into the animal world, Attenborough examines the cunning strategies a whole host of creatures use to elude capture, and the equally canny methods the deadliest predators employ. Skunks discharge their appalling odours, chimpanzees band together to hunt for colobus monkeys, and vipers kill using poison, while toad frogs blow up to twice their size to prevent being eaten.
Memorable footage documents killer whales launching themselves up the beach to capture sea lion pups, and sees them 'toying' with their victims before the final kill. Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC Natural History Unit, Attenborough investigates a wealth of marine, land and ornithological life, bringing to light the elaborate 'cat and mouse' games played by world's hunters, and the hunted.
Hunting and Escaping won the 1992 Wildscreen Festival Revelation award.