Even the most stoic of humans can’t help but tear up a little during nature documentaries. Even if you don’t wear your heart on your sleeve or even if you’re not the biggest animal lover of all time, there’s something about seeing struggle baby animals out in the wild that just breaks something inside of you.
Sometimes, even the most well-intentioned nature segments can really upset an audience.
Sunday’s installment of Planet Earth II really tugged at some heartstrings by filming a tragic moment when disoriented, newly-hatched hawksbill turtles left their nests on the beach in Barbados, heading inland instead of out to sea.
Sadly, these baby turtles get disoriented by light pollution. Their instinct is to follow the light of the full moon out to sea, but artificial lights near the beach lead as many as 80% of the hatchlings in the wrong direction.
Once inland, the baby turtles usually face potentially fatal circumstances.
Many of the turtles are killed after wandering into traffic. Others die of exhaustion or get trapped in storm drains.
Some are even attacked by crabs as they leave the beach.
Viewers took to Twitter to voice their outrage with the ignorant humans (and crabs) who were responsible for the turtles’ demise.
But BBC had good news for its traumatized viewers. Every turtle caught on camera for the episode was rescued and directed towards the ocean!
With the help of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, the crew managed to release the little guys back into the ocean for hatching season.
So, these goobers may get a happy ending after all.
As it turns out, not everything in 2016 was terrible! BRB, we’ll be looking at videos of happy baby turtles.