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Life Story: Power

Updated Tuesday, 7th October 2014

To gain power an animal must find a way to rise through the ranks of its society. 

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A mother eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) spars with her ‘joey’ – these pugnacious infants are in training for an adult life where the conflict  will be ‘full contact’. 
Location: Australia Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC/Emma Napper A mother eastern grey kangaroo spars with her joey

About the episode

An individual’s life journey interweaves with many others. Those who are successful know when to fight or back down, when to cooperate or to go it alone and how to manipulate and deceive.

A honeypot ant queen allies with other queens to build an army, but when the job is done all but one royal will be eliminated by 
the army they have created. For a juvenile bald eagle, power – or the lack of it – could mean starvation.

While a young meerkat’s spectacular altercation with a cobra will influence his standing in the clan. A male chimpanzee’s existence is one long battle for power; one false move can undo a lifetime of struggle.

Power is the ultimate prize: animals will use any means to rise through the ranks and win the game of life.

This episode was first broadcast on Thursday 13th November 2014 on BBC One.




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