"Planet Earth 2"’s final episode, titled "Cities," touched the heart strings of many viewers, particularly the last scene of the documentary that showed the tragic fate of baby turtles because of manmade city lights.
Generally when turtles hatch, they are guided by the light on the horizon to the sea, but the program shows baby turtles that hatched in Barbados mistook bright lights of the building for moon light. As a result, they crawled in the wrong direction, away from the sea and toward a certain death.
According to narrator, David Attenborough, four in every five hawksbill babies failed to make it through their first night after becoming disoriented, falling down drains and being crushed by cars.
Fans were upset with the brutal realities highlighted in the documentary.
Jesus Christ this baby turtle massacre is the worst thing I've ever seen #PlanetEarth— Sam Gore (@samgorecomedian) December 11, 2016
Oh God, the baby turtle part of tonight's #PlanetEarth has completely broken my heart ??— Lauren 'Olive' Grove (@LoowPoow) December 11, 2016
Don't follow the light, turn back little turtle hatchlings ?? #PlanetEarth— Zubair Munsif (@zebedee82) December 11, 2016
They were naturally concerned about the poor baby turtles used in the documentary.
Jesus christ dave just pick the baby turtle up and chuck it in the sea #PlanetEarth— Josh Williams (@Josh_BWilliams) December 11, 2016
However, they were relieved soon after a BBC spokesperson responded to the fans on Twitter assuring all the turtles were safe.
Every turtle that was seen or filmed by the #PlanetEarth2 crew was collected and put back into the sea.— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) December 11, 2016
An anxious Twitter user, who wanted to know what will happen to the baby animals next, inquiring if any local groups are monitoring the situation.
The BBC responded with a video of the Hawksbill turtle rescue.
The three-minute video showed how the Barbados Sea Turtle project works effortlessly to address this growing problem in order to save the lives of the creatures and how the locals help them in the process.
David Attenborough’s documentary highlighting man-made impact on the animal kingdom garnered more views than the "X Factor."