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Baby Iguana Versus Way Too Many Snakes

Planet Earth has been a popular show on the BBC network since its release in 2006. It took five years to produce the eleven-episode show, and it was the first BBC show to be filmed in high definition. It was a huge success, and was shown in over 130 countries within a year of its release. The show was so popular that it spawned a movie, titled Earth, in 2007. The movie grossed more than $108 million worldwide, coming in second only to the family favorite March of the Penguins. Riding the coattails of their success, BBC signed on for another successor to the popular show ten years later, aptly titled Planet Earth II.


The second installment is only six episodes, spanning from November 2016 to January 2017 on the BBC on British Television, and will begin airing in America on January 28, 2017. The later release date for the American version hasn’t stopped the internet from getting ahold of some of the more amazing of the documentary clips. In this shot, an iguana hatchling bravely and narrowly escapes a violent death by far too many racer snakes. The clip is shot astonishingly well, with epic music composed by Hans Zimmer. Take a look:

The entire series is shot in this style, taking what would probably be a mundane day in nature and making it feel exciting and unusual to us city dwellers. The crew were able to set up on an uninhabited island and live amongst creatures that were unafraid of humans. They shot hundreds of hours of footage and then the real magic began in the editing. For those of us in the US, it will be exciting to see the final result of those many hours of hard work.