Our Earth is B-E-A-utiful

We watched Earth  this weekend from Disney.  It came out on Earth Day this year and is now out on DVD.  It was so good and we were really enjoying the scenery and the animals…..um, until the arctic wolf ate the baby caribou.  Spoiler alert!  Animals die.  It was rated G, people, but that didn’t stop them from showing several animals dying.  I know it’s the circle of life, but it was so sad.  First was the caribou, then the full grown elephant, the antelope, and finally the polar bear dad.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

They introduced us to a mother polar bear and her twin cubs. I wondered immediately how common twins was, but they didn’t say. Then they show the dad who goes to the shore to try and find food for them. His first instinct is to get food for himself, but because of global warming it’s hard for him to stay on an ice shelf in order to find food for anyone. It’s tragic and hard to watch. At the end, we see the polar bear dad desperate for food, swimming for three days, and coming upon a beach full of walruses. He tries to get one of them, which is really dangerous, but he is starving. He can’t manage it because they are too strong and a little later in the movie, he just lays down and dies.

There are a group of 3 million caribou that travel 2,000 miles during their migration. But they aren’t alone. Walking behind them are a group of arctic wolves. Beautiful arctic wolves. They are white (obviously), and I can’t help but wonder how they stay so white when my white dogs always end up so grimy. The wolves manage to get one of the calves away from her (his?) mother and James Earle Jones tells us the caribou is at the advantage “unless the caribou makes a mistake”. Well, you know what that means. No sooner did he say that than the baby caribou tripped and it was all over for him/her. That’s when we started crying. Lindsey was hysterical.

They showed a group of elephants. There was a mother and her baby that was struggling to keep up with the herd. They were going for water and the mother was urging her baby along. There was a really bad dust storm and another baby was separated from his mother. JEJ told us that he was following his mother’s footsteps, but in the wrong direction.  They didn’t show it, but he was a goner.  The first mom and baby finally found water, but the elephants were sharing it with a herd of lions.  JEJ told us that during the day the elephants have the advantage and the lions won’t attack; but at night, the tables are turned. The lions try to get to the babies, but the elephants, who can’t see at night, get the babies in the middle of the herd for protection. So the lions end up going after a full grown one, jumping on her back and eventually taking her down.

When animals weren’t dying, the scenery was amazing.  Like “amazing” isn’t even a strong enough word for what our world looks like.  There were places untouched by man and it was so fascinating how they got that footage.  There are 42 species of birds of paradise in the rain forest.  Some of them were truly beautiful.  They also were able to get a cheetah taking down an antelope, but we hadn’t met him and his family yet, so it didn’t seem quite as sad.   One last thing, did you know how big great white sharks are?  Huge.  They showed one eating a seal.  Again, we didn’t know him or his family.   

I understand the circle of life, but it’s completely different when you see it like that. It’s so brutal. Watching Earth had us thanking God that we were born human and that we were able to go to sleep in a bed and not worry about something coming in and eating us.


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