Planet Earth II has upset viewers with an emotional snow leopard scene

Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth II has left viewers reeling after a scene involving the elusive snow leopards took a turn for the worst.

As the mother leopard and her cub were on the move, the adult female was spotted by two males who proceeded to fight over who would take the female as their mate.

The Snow Leopards became the accidental stars of Planet Earth II for all the wrong reasons. Photo / BBC
The Snow Leopards became the accidental stars of Planet Earth II for all the wrong reasons. Photo / BBC

In order to protect her young, the mother rolled over in submission and the male proceeded to mate with her. Viewers immediately took to social media to express their upset over the scene, calling it "rape", "domestic violence" and "uncomfortable" at best.





Thankfully, the rest of the episode provided light relief when a bobcat face-planted into the snow and became the nature meme the internet never knew it needed.

The debut of Planet Earth II, which focused on the world's islands, has become the most-watched natural history documentary in more than 15 years, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The episode has now racked up more than 12 million views and become the highest performing title of 2016 so far across all television, following The Great British Bake Off, Britain's Got Talent and the final of Euro 2016.

- NZ Herald

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