Image for Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

Duration: 03:31

Cheetahs specialise in hunting at speed. They don't have the strength of a lion to bring down prey. But a coalition of three male cheetahs has developed a hunting strategy which allows them to tackle prey much bigger than they would normally aim for. This technique has taken the prey by surprise as they aren't yet used to thinking of cheetah as a threat. It will take the combined weight of all three brothers to bring down a fully grown ostrich, which if they aren't careful, could inflict a fatal blow.

Available since: Wed 7 Oct 2009


David Attenborough
Martha Holmes
Executive Producer
Michael Gunton

This clip is from

Life Challenges of Life

1/10 A look at how some animals and plants go to extremes to give themselves a chance to breed.

First broadcast: 12 Oct 2009

Image for Challenges of Life Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss