Eternal Enemies (1993) is a National Geographic documentary that revealed the bad blood that exists between Lions and Hyenas...it is one of my favorites.
" Never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, takes you into the mysterious world of Botswana's lions and hyenas. Their intense, even vicious, clashes go beyond competition, almost as if the animals were nurturing a blood feud."
The film eerily echoed the events of a recent political event in the US.
The clip begins with a pissing match between the Matriarch of the Hyena sisterhood clan, and the Leader of the Lion Pride...
I have transcribed some script lines...
and then watch the clip and you'll see what I mean.
The clip begins with these two fierce competitors having a pissing match.
The Lion looks fairly regal and composed as he trots along, while the Hyena nervously laughs and tags along just outside of his reach.
It is on!
"In a unique display of overlapping territorial language they openly express hostility with unmistakable actions."
"The Matriarch is confident and harassing the much larger Lion."
"Her calls and fluffed up tail posture attract support from other clan members."
"The Matriarch seems to succeed in the psychological warfare."
"Frenzied calls filter across to the ears of
HE WHO GREETS WITH FIRE,
HE is the Hyena killer."
"A swift bite to the neck and the Matriarch is dead..the day belongs to the Lions."
"It was not always easy for us to witness this struggle..
but in the end of it all,
we came to know more about ourselves,
and the struggles that rage within our savage souls.
Creatures of instinct,
helpless to change their destiny."