The Trials of Life

Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals. This episode investigates the ways in which those animals that live in social groups interact with each other. The solitary eagle is contrasted with whooper swans landing in Scotland after a 1,600-kilometre journey from Iceland. Once arrived, they must battle for territory with those already there, and pairs or families are usually victorious. Attenborough uses a group of farmyard chickens to demonstrate a pecking order. Caciques are shown cooperating to deter predators, despite their fighta amongst themselves to establish a pecking order. A pride of lions is shown co-operating to subdue a buffalo. Afterwards, each animal peacefully awaits its turn at the carcass. (from

Episode 09 - Friends and Rivals

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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