For newborn babies, the problems in life they encounter are probably figuring out when to eat, sleep and poop. But for iguanas, their first instinct from the moment they hatch may involve evading death. In a clip from BBC’s brand new sequel to its documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, Planet Earth II
, which premiered in the UK yesterday, one of the most brilliant documentary shots captured an intense scene of a hatchling iguana escaping death on an island full of snakes.
The sequence starts with a newborn iguana being chased by a racer snake. Suspense begins to rise as the iguana stops moving while the snake slowly approaches. Just as the snake is about to pounce on the iguana, the hatchling starts running for its life again. Beneath the rocks, dozens more snakes are waiting impatiently to make the iguana part of their lunch as well. The snakes soon start chasing the iguana as it jumps from rock to rock, desperately trying to survive.
Filmed on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos Islands, the chase scene is almost as dramatic as watching a battle in Game of Thrones
. The exciting, tensed, nerve-wrecking hold-your-breath moments from this two-minute sequence will leave you at the edge of your seat. The crew were apparently too shocked to film when they first saw the snakes. This could just be the best thing you’ll see on the internet today! Social media has already been raving about this:
So what happened to the newborn iguana? You’ll just have to watch to find out: