Viewers have been left traumatised by events from the latest episode of David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet.
David Attenborough’s nature series on the BBC are essential viewing.
Whether it’s Planet Earth, Blue Planet or last year’s Dynasties, Attenborough’s programmes always manage to draw in audience numbers in the millions.
As a result, when viewers are shown something harrowing or tragic on-screen, there’s often not a dry eye in the house.
In this week’s episode of Seven Worlds, One Planet (aired at 6:15pm on Sunday, November 3rd), it took less than 10 minutes before the floodgates had opened and audiences were struggling to cope with the awful sight on screen.
Seven Worlds, One Planet: Asia
The second episode of David Attenborough’s new series Seven Worlds, One Planet is set in Asia, Earth’s most diverse continent.
Throughout the episode, we’re introduced to all manner of weird and wonderful creatures, chief among them are the huge, blue-faced Snow Monkeys and the ever-adorable but highly endangered Orangutans.
However, it is the animal we’re first introduced to in the episode that had audiences reaching for the tissues.
The Walrus scene
Seven Worlds, One Planet wastes no time in setting the tears flowing. Within the first 10 minutes of the episode, we’re shown a huge colony of walrus, over 100,00 of which are all crammed onto a tiny beach and are regularly attacked by polar bears.
Along the coast from this overcrowded beach is an outcrop of cliffs that a number of walrus have climbed in a nature-defying move in order to escape the crush of the crowded beach below.
However, the aforementioned polar bears also follow the walrus up the cliffs and in doing so create a panic among the walrus leading to hundreds of the tusked creatures plummeting off the side of the cliffs to their deaths over 80 metres below.
Those of you who have also seen David Attenborough’s series on Netflix, Our Planet, will be familiar with this scene as the exact same tragic footage also appeared in that show as well.
Fans react to harrowing footage
The footage is unbearably tragic to watch and serves as a stark reminder of the dangers global warming poses to our planet’s wildlife.
If the ice these creatures would usually reside on was still there, then there wouldn’t be the need for the walrus to clamber up the cliffs and subsequently fall to their death.
Naturally, a number of viewers were quick to take to social media to express their dismay at such a harrowing sight.
Those walrus falling from the cliffs to escape the polar bears is probably the most awful thing I have ever seen on a nature programme— Andy (@wetspaniel) November 3, 2019
Seven worlds, one planet
Catching up on Seven Worlds, One Planet… in bits, yet again over the bloody Walrus.. Walri.. Walruses?— Georgina Hagen (@geebeesmooch) November 3, 2019
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a real struggle on a Sunday night. I didn’t think I’d ever be so emotionally invested into a walrus.— Ryan Saggers (@RSaggers) November 3, 2019
Seven Worlds, One Planet continues on Sunday, November 10th at 6:15pm on BBC One.
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