David Attenborough’s producer ‘panic’ after seeing scenes from new series

Sir David Attenborough is back on BBC1 this weekend, with a new series of shows about his Reigns. Ahead of its debut, one of the show’s producers recalled a tense moment when a mother puma was ready to die to protect her cubs.

David Attenborough's producer'panic' after seeing scenes from new series

Sir David Attenborough will return to screens tomorrow with compelling scenes of a mother puma battling a larger male to save her four cubs.

His film Dynasty II shows Rupestre getting into a fight with Carnasa, who wants to mate with her and will kill her cubs first.

She keeps him at bay by going into battle with her daughters Coiron, Dania and Daneska along with her son Neneo, running for him.

Through intense footage shot in the foothills of the Andes in Patagonia. Sir David Attenborough said simply: “She will die to protect her cubs.”

The heart-pounding scenes are just one of many challenges Rupestre faces as she struggles to feed her large litter, relentlessly hunting for large llama guanaco-like creatures.







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Her hunts result in failure nine times out of ten because the guanaco is too large – and a single kick to the head can be fatal.

Producer Mary Melville, who has watched the family for more than two years, said filming the fight scene with Carnasa was “very heartbreaking”.

She explained: “Where did he come from? From where we were standing, he looked a lot bigger than she was and it all happened so fast. Obviously when we reviewed it, we felt like, oh no, she did as good as she got.







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“But when it’s happening in this moment, it’s really scary. We are really worried about her. And we knew that if she got really badly injured, the cubs wouldn’t make it through.”

She added: “I had a degree of panic.”

At the end of the hour-long BBC1 series, the producer is shown footage of the location spending the night searching for Rupestre, who is searching for her scattered cubs after the fight.

Melville isn’t afraid to admit she’s emotional because Carnasa has also watched the cubs.







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“You go there for a job and we have to find her. But in your heart, you’re thinking of all the worst-case scenarios. I think that always brings out the top emotions.

“When we started filming, I never saw a puma. And now I know the name of a group of pumas. It blew my mind. ”

Melville said that intervening to try to help Rupestre was unquestionable.

“We know these animals very well. We really bonded with them because we obviously spent a lot of time with them. However, in most situations, intervention will backfire.







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“We can’t do anything. We must watch these processes unfold, especially the way these people must live. They have a really hard life the whole time. “

Carnasa wasn’t the only puma Rupestre had to see off – she also ran into a one-eyed dog Blinker, a fellow girl who wanted to claim her territory. Their battle is going on for two years,

Although female territorial disputes are rare, the BBC crew were the first to film the behaviour.

Series producer Simon Blakeney said that if Rupestre died during filming, they would continue with the story.







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“When we describe doing these programs, we sometimes talk about it like putting all your eggs in one basket. We don’t know what will happen.

“And we had situations in the last series where some of the key characters had really serious things happen to them. Some of them died. And it’s just something that we have to follow.”

Rupestre’s story of overcoming adversity is particularly inspiring because she also faces a major battle with the elements – an area with frequent 100 mph winds and snow cover for many months of the year.

The series also tells the story of other hostile families from the animal kingdom, including elephants, cheetahs, and hyenas.

* Dynasty II, Sunday, 8pm, BBC1

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