Nature documentaries aren’t the hottest pop-culture commodities. Sure, there’s an occasional hit like the BBC documentary series “Planet Earth,” but shows about lions pouncing on gazelles aren’t exactly tearing up the TV ratings.
We may have found just the thing to bring the kids back to nature through their televisions: rapper and music legend Snoop Dogg.
The entertainment website Pigeons and Planes posted a video of the rapper narrating some footage from “Planet Earth” that’s already scored millions of views and likes on Facebook. The video comes from a series of commentaries that Snoop Dogg did in 2015 for late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The video, which posted earlier this month but just went viral in the last couple of days, features Snoop talking about some adorable creatures that he thinks are either beavers or mongooses but are actually otters. So he doesn’t bring a lot of factual knowledge to a nature documentary, but he does make it more entertaining. He’s like that kid in the back of the classroom who made fun of the educational film to you and your friends when the teacher wasn’t looking.
Now that I’ve seen this, I really want a stuffy British narrator to read Snoop’s script word for word. Just imagine the voice of someone like Sir David Attenborough over a video of otters saying things like, “They’re going head up with him? They ain’t scared of him?!?” and “I ain’t never seen a gator get punked by no mongooses” along with the occasional bleeped curse word.
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The footage Snoop is commentating on features a group of otters taking on a large crocodile. You might think the crocodile could easily make the otter part of its balanced breakfast, but otters can put up quite a tough fight against such a large, toothy predator.
In 2014, National Geographic spoke with reptile curator Terry Phillip about a series of viral photos of a river otter attacking a crocodile in Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.
Phillip told the magazine otters can be “voracious predators” and even the “apex” predator of their environment. Otters have very sharp teeth that can chomp through the guts of their prey easily, and they also have lots of energy. Even though an otter couldn’t bite through the rough exterior of an alligator’s back, it could tire an alligator out pretty quickly.
“The otter has sustainable energy, whereas the gator is like a grenade, with explosive energy that doesn’t last long,” Phillip told the magazine. “So the best tactic is to wear the gator out, which only takes a few minutes of thrashing and rolling around. Quite quickly it will be very tired, its muscles filled with lactic acid and no longer functioning.”
I never thought I’d write this but the otter sounds like the most baller animal in all of nature.
(Via Music Times)