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Village hunter

Duration: 03:11

Villagers in India know that night can be a dangerous time to leave out unprotected livestock. They round up their goats into thorn protected corrals every night to keep them safe from the local leopard. Though it's too dark for humans to see without artificial light, leopards can move through the pitch black quite happily. Using infra-red technology, David Attenborough watches on monitors from the 'safety' of a tent, with only a curtain for a door as the stealthy hunter searches through the village. The leopard comes right up to the curtain that separates it from Attenborough who sits only a few metres away. Then it continues and passes by all the huts and disappears once more into the dark.

Available since: Fri 15 Jan 2010


David Attenborough
Neil Lucas
Mike Salisbury
David Attenborough

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