Netflix’s new nature docuseries Our Planet is a lot of things — awe-inspiring (the show is a visual spectacle), informative (it shows the very real effects of climate change) and sobering (it reveals that we are the culprits).
For some viewers, it’s also deeply disturbing. So much so that Netflix has released a content warning, complete with time stamps, for certain scenes that “animal lovers might want to skip”.
As you make your way through @OurPlanet, here are some moments animal lovers may want to skip:
One Planet: 16:04 – 16:43
Frozen World: 16:29 – 17:47, 32:50 – 33:45, 48:45 – 51:00
Fresh Water: 26:10 – 27:09
Deserts and Grasslands: 28:45-29:10
High Seas: 37:42-37:52
— Netflix US (@netflix) April 10, 2019
A scene in the “One Planet” episode shows baby flamingos struggling to keep up with the rest of the flamingo gang because salt has solidified around their legs, a consequence of natural water resources drying up.
In the “Frozen World” episode, walruses fall off huge cliffs because the sea ice they’re used to has melted away.
There are fish that get stuck in nets, a hungry jaguar that attacks a caiman, and killer whales that eat a penguin.
Yes, when you watch a wild animal documentary, you probably know you’ll see some animal deaths because — sad spoiler — animals die. But viewers seem to be finding these scenes to be more distressing than your classic Iguana vs. Snakes chase sequence.
— Will Burry (@willburry18) April 5, 2019
As many people on Twitter have argued, we should be distressed. BuzzFeed points out that the series narrated by David Attenborough is prompting people to do something.
Sophie Lanfear, a producer for the documentary, told People that a goal of the show is to get viewers to take climate change seriously, to make changes in their own lives and think about how they consume energy.
watching our planet on netflix like pic.twitter.com/bAoWqU9VDs
— Claire Marie (@clurrrmarie) April 10, 2019
But if you’re sensitive to this type of content, or if you have kids, it’s good to be prepared for what you’re about to see. As The Ringer’s Alison Herman writes: “Emotional trauma is an occupational hazard more commonly associated with slasher films than ecological surveys, but in this case the heads up is warranted.”