40:30 Amazing nature: Born to hunt – Kill to survive
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Published on Apr 16, 2019
Baby animals beguile with their innocent charm. But while some remain harmless, others have a deep-rooted instinct. It may take weeks or months of training to hone their skills, but in every corner of the globe predators emerge. Their landscapes and lifestyles maybe very different, but these babies are born to hunt.
Predators come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny but hardy Arctic foxes to snowy owls, speedy cheetahs, agile pumas and mighty polar bears. They will all face their own unique set of challenges before they earn their titles as top predators.
Fox cubs must learn to hunt, but their Arctic home is teaming with bird-life during the summer and geese and gulls often end up on the menu. For a while the cubs have it easy, but the summer is short-lived this far north and before long they will need to leave their mothers and face the harsh reality of winter alone – with a ticking clock they must learn to hunt. But while foxes rely on cunning, cheetah cubs must get the hang of running fast; they are destined to become the fastest runners on earth and will use their skills to chase down nimble gazelles. In fact by working together, young cheetahs are able to go after larger prey – joining forces to outsmart an aggressive ostrich or even to take down a large wildebeest.
No matter whether they are born to the forest or plains or even the frigid tundra, every landscape has its predators, and though it may not be easy at first, with a little help from their mothers all are born to hunt.