Sir David Attenborough’s nature series are famed for showcasing epic clashes between predator and prey.
Who could forget the nailbiting images of iguanas running the gauntlet of Galapagos racer snakes in 2016’s Planet Earth II?
But an upcoming episode of Frozen Planet II will deliver a battle between a chamois goat and a golden eagle which is just as stunning.
Attendees at this summer’s Edinburgh TV Festival in Edinburgh were given a sneak peak of the scene by the BBC – and the audience of over 1000 onlookers were left gasping, or just in stunned silence.
Viewers at home will be just as shocked as they watch an eagle attack adolescent goats on the icy Alpine mountains in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy.
Sir David is heard explaining how birds of prey find it hard to kill the large creatures outright because they’re big enough to fight back and so heavy they’re difficult to transport long distances.
He says: “A kill this size will feed a pair of eagles for days.”
So they have to use their ingenuity rather than brute force to get a bumper meal.
The answer? One eagle flushes out the goat, the other grabs the creature which is five times their weight.
They then drag the goat into the air before they let them plunge to their deaths and feast leisurely on their carcasses at the foothills of the mountains.
But it’s not without risk to the bird because, while grappling with the goat on the rocky mountainside, they could break a wing which would prove fatal.
It’s the first time a successful killing of this sort has been captured on TV, though the phenomenon is known to naturalists and local people in Alpine countries.
But you can guarantee everyone will be talking about it on Monday morning.
The show is the latest in the new six-part series which looks at how nature flourishes in some of the world’s iciest areas.
This third episode focuses specifically on wildlife that has adapted to deal with the freezing climates of mountains.
As well as the eagle and goat in Italy, it will feature a chameleon on Mount Kenya, a macaque monkey in Japan, parrots feeding on the dead in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and flamingoes thriving in high altitude volcanic lakes.
This story was published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Frozen Planet II: Viewers stunned by most shocking scene in David Attenborough’s new series
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