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Tragic Our Planet scene showing mass walrus deaths accused of being ‘a lie’

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A David Attenborough documentary has come under fire for a disturbing scene showing walruses falling to their deaths

It’s no secret that David Attenborough nature documentaries have a tendency to make viewers emotional.

But one scene from the 92-year-old’s most recent programme has left viewers in tears.

In a particularly traumatic scene in Our Planet on Netflix , a number of walruses are seen falling off the edge of cliffs, plunging to their deaths.

The documentary blames the tragedy on climate change, claiming a mixture of melting sea ice and poor vision drove the walruses to the cliff edge.

However experts are now suggesting that this may not be the case.

The scene is traumatic (Image: Netflix)

Zoologist Dr. Susan Crockford from Canada has claimed the documentary makers are lying about the footage in order to push their climate change agenda and has accused them of using it as “tragedy porn”.

She argues that climate change isn’t responsible for the death of the walruses and instead suggests that it was a “natural event” most likely caused by polar bears.

Speaking to Mirror online, she said: “More walruses are hauling out and dying from falls and trampling because they are more abundant now than they have been in more than a century.

“Our Planet producers are spinning a bogus tale to promote an agenda using deliberately misleading footage and commentary.”

People are branding the clip ‘a lie’ (Image: Netflix)

Dr. Crockford further explored this in a post on her website , in which she wrote: “The lie being told by Attenborough and the film crew is that 200-300 walruses fell during the time they were filming, while in fact they filmed only a few: polar bears were responsible for the majority of the carcasses shown on the beach below the cliff.

“This is, of course, in addition to the bigger lie that lack of sea ice is to blame for walrus herds being on shore in the first place.”

In addition to this, she believes the footage shown in the documentary was actually filmed following an incident in 2017 in Siberia and has been cleverly edited.

Reported on by The Siberian Times, the event saw around 20 polar bears spook a herd of walruses on a cliff at Kozhevinkova Cape – causing hundreds to fall to their death.

She continued: “The film crew have steadfastly refused to reveal precisely where and when they filmed the walrus deaths shown in this film in relation to the walrus deaths initiated by polar bears in the fall of 2017.

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