Here Are The Time Stamps Of The Most Distressing Scenes In Netflix’s New Animal Documentary

Here Are The Time Stamps Of The Most Distressing Scenes In Netflix’s New Animal Documentary
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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”.

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.

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.

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.”


  • If you have kids it is understandable otherwise skipping it doesn’t hide the fact things like this are both happening and accelerating

    • Harsh as it is, kids should watch those scenes, they are the ones who will be making the decisions in the not too distant future. Let’s not mollycoddle them on this one, or nothing will change.

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