I’m not one for nature documentaries, they do nothing for me at all. In fact, the natural world holds no interest for me at all either, so, imagine my surprise when I found myself captivated by the story of Survivor. Nat Geo Wild recently premiered Saved by the Lioness a fascinating story of a new born Wildebeest trying to survive in the deadly Serengeti.
We follow Survivor from birth as she faces many threats to her young life, the first coming just hours after birth. A pack of Hyenas see the calf as easy prey and, as her mother flees, Survivor can’t keep up and is left for dead. Now, I don’t consider this to be a spoiler as the title’s already done it for me, a Lioness appears and wards off the other predators. However, rather than mauling the calf for a late lunch she sits quietly with it for eight hours before abandoning it herself.
Survivor’s journey defies incredible odds and is a captivating tale as she attempts the world’s largest mammal migration, an annual 2,000 mile odyssey across the Serengeti in search of the rains. This documentary is what HD was meant for, the cinematography is stunning, some of the shots are breathtaking and left me in awe. It’s repeated on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of August, don’t miss it.