The Baby Flamingo Scene From Our Planet Is The Next Walrus Moment You'll Want To Skip

Nature documentaries can be a scary, depressing place because even though wildlife can be cool and interesting, sad stuff always happens.

It could be a seal being eaten by a polar bear, a mother trying to protect it's baby from a predator or a vicious fight between two males over a female.

Netflix's Our Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has already copped some criticism for a scene where tons of walruses fall off cliffs. But it seems there's another clip that will tug at your heartstrings.

It's one of the first scenes we see in the eight part docuseries where a bunch of flamingos flock to the largest salt plain in Africa to mate and raise their young.

By the time their babies are born, most of the water from the incredibly rare rain deluge has dried up and they're forced to waddle up to 50 kilometres to have a drink.

As they run across the arid terrain, there are remnants of water, which, combined with the leftover salt, causes a build up on these little chicks' feet.

Because they're so small and weak, the salt creates these heavy boots, causing some chicks to fall behind. While we never see any baby flamingos die, it's pretty heavily suggested that not all make it to the water.

People have voiced their heartache at seeing the flamingos struggle in the wild.

"Who else watched the first episode of Our Planet on Netflix and sobbed while watching that little baby flamingo with the salt-laden legs struggle to keep up with the rest of the flock," wrote one person.

"Swear to god if no one on the Our Planet crew helped that baby flamingo with the solidified salt on its little legs, I will have lost all faith in humanity," said another.

If you can't handle this scene, or the walrus one, then Netflix has advised several other moments in Our Planet to avoid.

There are two scenes in the episode titled 'Frozen World', and one each in 'Fresh Water', 'Deserts and Grasslands' and 'High Seas'.

They include killer whales eating a penguin, jaguars killing an alligator and fish getting stuck in fishing nets. Nature is pretty heartbreaking and sometimes we need to see these terrible scenes so we can change our behaviour and stop it from happening again.

There's a big message for audiences about our impact on the planet, so if we're feeling something while watching then Our Planet is doing it's job well.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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