The Trials of Life

Episode 08 - Fighting. This episode details how fighting - both physical and psychological - is used for food, land or to gain a mate. Territorial conflict is demonstrated by the hummingbird, and Attenborough illustrates its aggressiveness by placing a stuffed specimen nearby, only to have it speared by its opponent's bill. The midas cichlid on the other hand, has no weapons to speak of, and so uses its mouth to hold on for trials of strength. By contrast, the forelegs of a mantis shrimp are powerful enough to crack the shell of another crustacean: therefore disputes or courtship are fraught with danger. (from

Episode 08 - Fighting

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Episode 01 - Arriving
Episode 02 - Growing Up
Episode 03 - Finding Food
Episode 04 - Hunting and Escaping
Episode 05 - Finding the Way
Episode 06 - Home Making
Episode 07 - Living Together
Episode 08 - Fighting
Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals
Episode 10 - Talking to Strangers
Episode 11 - Courting
Episode 12 - Continuing the Line