Although it’s usually a rule not to interfere with the wildlife you’re filming, the camera crew of David Attenborough series Dynasties took the decision to help out some Emperor penguins during a recent episode.
After witnessing a group of Antarctic penguin mums carrying chicks on their feet trapped in a small ravine in -60C temperatures, the team carved a small ramp to help them escape.
Many argued they were completely justified in intruding on nature…
So glad the crew decided to act and save the penguins in the ravine. There's always the "don't interfere with nature" argument, but humanity does plenty to destroy it, so we can also give a helping hand if opportunity presents. #Dynasties
Completely respect the decision made by the crew on #Dynasties last night. As a species the negative impact we’ve made on other species is enormous; if we can make small amends where we can, then we must. @BBCBreakfast
Three cheers to the @BBCEarth camera crew for digging a little ramp to save those penguins and their babies…! Remarkable work all round, but extra thanks for giving nature a tiny helping hand. We need to give nature all the helping hands we can. #Dynasties#BBC
Unfortunately, the next Dynasties episode won’t see any penguins waddling across our screens, instead following a lion pride on Kenya’s Masai Mara. But don’t expect it to be an easy watch: as the adult males have all deserted the group, it’s down to two females to protect eight cubs from a range of threats.
This article was originally published on 19 November 2018