Watching Planet Earth was (and still is) an amazing experience — the unprecedented shots, the weird and wonderful creatures, the breathtaking scale of nature, all woven together by David Attenborough‘s soothing and knowledgeable narration.
If you haven’t watched the series of 10 hour-long nature documentaries, do yourself a favour and put it on your to-do list. Even if you’re not usually a fan of documentaries, Planet Earth is different. It’s widely regarded as the best in the business, plus kids will love it and everyone will learn so much.
If you have watched the show, then you’ll be just as excited as we are that the first episode of Planet Earth II has just been aired in Britain. We’re not sure when the documentary series will come to South African shores, but until then we’ve found some spellbinding clips for you to watch in the meantime.
Dramatic (and terrifying) snake chase
This clip of an army of snakes chasing a baby iguana on one of the Galapagos Islands has basically broken the internet. It’s pretty much like the most dramatic car chase scene you’ve ever watched — except instead of bad guys in cars it’s what seems like a million snakes, and instead of a likable hero who we’re all rooting for, it’s an iguana.
If you can watch this without calling everyone in the office over to watch it with you, you deserve a medal. The end is nail-biting!
Behind the scenes of the Planet Earth II snake chase
Now that you’ve seen that, watch the behind-the-scenes video of what it was like to film the nightmarish scene — the baby iguana in this clip, well, let’s just say it’s gone to a better place.
And if you’d like a laugh after watching that, just click here to see some of the hilarious iguana-themed tweets that have been inspired by the video.
The most content sloth you have ever seen
To counteract all that drama, we’ve also got a shot of a sloth swimming in crystal blue waters to try and find a mate. Will he find her? And if he does, will she like him? It’s like an episode of Isidingo, but much, much, MUCH cuter.
And it’s back to the drama with a pair of baby ibex descending a vertical cliff face to escape a fox. It’s a roller coaster of emotion as they careen down the rocks — you’ll gasp more than once and probably cover your eyes while watching.
Bonus: What to do if there’s a dragon in your bathroom
It might sound crazy, but it could happen, as some of the film crew from Planet Earth II discovered. If you come home to find a Komodo dragon in your bathroom, don’t panic, just watch this video, then do exactly what they did. Easy!
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