Absolutely breathtaking Nat Geo documentary on the Okavango river in Botswana with some magnificent footages and story line and narration to go with that. The close up videos of animals were astounding to say the least. The narration follows the flow of the Okavango River, the entire length and breadth of it upto the Kalahari desert and changing lifestyles for animals in that. The river provides life to the animals and the river also takes away the life of many animals. Any animal who is slow or strays too dangerously away from his pack is a goner. Its like brilliant, the best animal documentary i have seen, even though it is more than 2 hours long, it is worth every second of it.
Enthralling documentary by NatGeo about the super duper intelligence of crows whom we see every day scavenging for food in our neighbourhood are supposedly the most intelligent of all creatures on planet. Their ability to recognize faces is legendary. They can pinpoint one face among millions out there and remember that face and deduce if that face is a dangerous one and make calls to its friends. That’s quite amazing. They eat a very wide diversified range of food which explains probably their intelligence though their brain size is not as big as that of parrots which are the biggest in the bird family. They apparently have very sophisticated language skills as researchers have found out about 250 very different kind of calls made by crows.
Crows are also subject of horror films in hollywood and i remember Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” had a flock of crows attacking a person and killing them as well, which is too much. In India, crows are considered sacred and people feed the crows before the family eats, its a kind of propitiating the souls of the long lost ones.
Quite a remarkable documentary as usual from NatGeo the production values are always outstanding.
A NatGeo documentary on an unique project in Zambia, to recruit woman to fight the poachers. It is a dangerous job all right, with the poachers with their rifles all ready to kill anybody who comes in their way to kill the animals. But this project is dependent on one main ingredient i.e the woman’s instinct to protect. Woman are natural protectors whether they be of their own babies or animals. All one has to do is to train them to be expert in guns, hand to hand combat, stamina, guts and daring to do the job. This Zambian project is good, it has already recruited more than 100 women into this fold. All the women in the project are poor, so they are needy and have the urge to do the job.
India should also seek to engage women in a project to protect the animals. Indian women are now allowed to engage in combat duties on the military front, so this won’t be difficult for them.