BBC‘s new series Dynasties – hosted by David Attenborough, Lord of Nature Documentaries – last night focused on lions, arguably the most noble (The Lion King) of mammals while also being the most likely to rip you limb from limb for dinner.
The series – which looks into the lives of “the world’s most celebrated, yet endangered animals“, including penguins, chimps, painted wolves and tigers – is meant to show the animals at their most desperate, struggling “against rivals and […] the forces of nature“. They’re “fight[ing] for survival and for the future of their dynasties“.
I hope you too read that in an Attenborough voice. Don’t disappoint me.
While people are fascinated by these fierce giant cats – who actually kill less people that great lummox, the hippo – you know who’s even more fascinated by these glorious maned beasts?
Household cats apparently. While lions/tigers/jaguars/leopards, split off from the rest of the cats at least six million years ago, there’s apparently plenty of similarities between the behaviours of cats and lions, so says National Geographic anyway.
They point to the way cats rub against things, sleep heaps, scratch things, smell with their mouth open, and love catnip. Yeah apparently even the Jungle Royal Family loves catnip.
Anyway, here’s just a bunch of cats staring in eerie fascination at their distant relatives on Dynasties, imagining how their lives would be if they lived on the African savannah.
— Phøbos (@Maxwell_Potter) November 25, 2018
— Daniela Coelho (@dsmcoelho) November 25, 2018
— gypsy_bot (@lockwoodnick1) November 25, 2018
— Fev (@Hevalaaar) November 25, 2018
— Katherine (@kithock) November 25, 2018
— Sue Cook (@SueC00K) November 25, 2018
— Dan Fear (@roktraktor) November 25, 2018
— Emily (@emdaly29) November 25, 2018
— Mr Keer (@sidecarteam33) November 25, 2018
— Matt Barker (@MattBarker91) November 25, 2018
— Mike (@13Mikeyb) November 25, 2018
— GreenBuying.co.uk (@green_buying) November 25, 2018
— Jessica (@JessicaBee95) November 25, 2018
— Lis Lewis-Jones (@LLuncoolJ) November 25, 2018
— Roger Farrant (@roger_farrant) November 25, 2018
“Oh yeah, call yourself a lion, huh? King of tha jungle? You wanna come over here and see what a real cat is made of, you pussy!”
[30 seconds later, Pippin gave his brother a kiss on the nose then ran away from a shadow] #CatAdventures #Dynasties #WannabeLion pic.twitter.com/iiyCxecFFJ
— Lee Cambule (@LCambule) November 25, 2018
— Jack Abbott (@jackabbott90) November 25, 2018
— Helen Denmead (@DenmeadHelen) November 25, 2018
In the interest of balance, here’s some dogs, watching their noted rivals, cats.
— Liam Yule (@liamyule83) November 25, 2018
— Jade Alice (@Nyvaari) November 25, 2018
— Kat Eliza (@KatEli999) November 25, 2018
— Diane Porter (@DianePorter5) November 25, 2018
— Matt Underwood (@MattU_Plym) November 25, 2018
Image: Twitter / @GreenBuying.co.uk
— ian pontin (@pontin) November 25, 2018