Snow Leopard Makes a Kill | Wild Cats of India: Big Cat Kingdom

Snow Leopard Makes a Kill | Wild Cats of India: Big Cat Kingdom

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[wind rushes] NARRATOR: As night falls
on Ule, he descends. [bell music] Waiting until the
village sleeps. [suspenseful music] [bird caws] Then under the cover of
darkness, makes his kill. [animals roaring] A young dzo is his prize. [leopard eating loudly] But at nearly twice its
weight, the snow leopard can’t carry it very far. He eats what he can and
returns to his rocky abode. [bird squawks] In these open mountains, it’s
impossible to hide a kill. The commotion
attracts the attention of another super
predator, the wolf. The gray wolf in the Himalaya
weighs about the same as an adult snow leopard. But wolves rarely travel alone. The pair could overpower
the solitary cat. The snow leopard stands
down and can only watch as the wolves eat their fill. [wolves eating] No sooner have they
left, a red fox begins to devour what he can. [fox eating] With food so scarce, he can’t
afford to miss any opportunity. But it’s hard to eat
a meal in peace when you could be a meal yourself. [fast-paced music] It’s time for the “Shan”
to reclaim his kill from the canine scavengers. [thunderous music] [birds cawing] But more scavengers wait
in the wings, magpies. The snow leopard has
already lost enough. [birds squawking] He’s in no mood for sharing. The pesky magpies don’t
give him a moment’s peace. [racing music] [birds squawking] Eventually, the “Shan” gets fed. [birds squawking] The best meat now eaten,
the “Shan” abandons the kill and leaves the cleanup crew
to squabble over the remains. [birds squawking]

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