Built for the Kill

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild This se­ries about nat­u­ral preda­tors con­tin­ues with a fas­ci­nat­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into North Amer­ica’s most fear­some preda­tor, the griz­zly bear. While there is a fair amount of David At­ten­bor­ough-style vi­sion of baby bears (born blind at a birth weight of 1kg) and mothers ven­tur­ing out with cute cubs in the snow, the em­pha­sis is on the ca­pac­ity for hos­til­ity of th­ese pow­er­ful crea­tures. Some ter­rific an­i­mated info-graph­ics clearly ex­plain how the bod­ies of bears are built for the kill. The great­est dan­ger to a mother bear with cubs is other bears. Vi­cious bouts also oc­cur be­tween ri­val males. But the head­line stoush is be­tween the griz­zly and the wolf. Ac­tu­ally, the wolf pack. Work­ing to­gether, the much smaller crea­tures of­ten have the ad­van­tage.

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