My friend Shannon had warned me about the program. She said that every segment tells a little story. First, they make you fall in love with an animal, and then they kill it.
Two boxes of kleenex later, I realize she was right.
Take the Chinstrap penguin for example. It's my favorite penguin, probably because it's the underdog in a world that seems fascinated by the super-boring Emperor penguin. (If I have to hear about male Emperor penguins balancing eggs on their toes one more time....)
|Super adorable Chinstrap penguin (taken from oceanlori.com)|
Bravely they stand at the ocean's edge and plop sweetly into the water. Ahead of them is some pack ice which they must navigate first before they reach the relative safety of the open water. One of the fluffiest Chinstraps decides to lead the way, innocently bobbing along in the ice floe.
But danger is lurking just ahead.
This is the leopard seal, and it's got a face only a mother could love.
|(Image taken from mnn.com)|
|(Image taken from discoverychannel.com)|
Meanwhile I'm a blubbering idiot, and seriously considering an expedition to Antarctica to club some seals.
BBC's Life is beautifully filmed and very informative. But it's hardly upbeat and fun. So, to end this post on a positive note, I'm including a clip from one of my other favorite documentaries, Animals Are Beautiful People, by Jamie Uys.
Until next time,