Bats, crocodiles and explosions -- and no, it's not a Michael Bay film

A YouTuber with access to special-effects software "Bruckheimers" up a BBC nature documentary series with lightsabers, lasers and things that go BOOM.

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Bats, crocodiles and explosions? No, it's not a coke party at Jack Hanna's house. It's a new viral video that punches up a BBC nature documentary. Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET

Nature documentaries may be thrilling to watch, but let's face it, the young crowds aren't exactly racing to theaters or setting their TiVos to record programs about the tufted titmouse. And if they are, it's probably because they don't realize they're about a bird.

Since Mother Nature's scripts can use a bit of punching up sometimes, a creative editor found a way to liven up some footage from a BBC documentary. YouTuber BlackHawk, who has a knack for seamlessly inserting special effects into film footage, took a scene from the documentary series "Wonders of the Monsoon," which aired from late 2014 through early 2015, and added a bunch of explosions, lightsabers and laser blasts to make an epic piece of film even more epic.

The original clip is a thrilling piece of film from Australia that shows a swarm of little red flying foxes risking their lives to get a drink of water in freshwater, crocodile-infested waters. According to the documentary footage, Australia's dry season presents a tough choice for the flying foxes. They have to drink to stave off dehydration but they also risk being snapped up by a hungry crocodile, a creature with the strongest bite strength of any on the planet, according to National Geographic.

The explosions and lightsabers that BlackHawk adds -- the doctored footage, titled "BBC Bat-Crocodile War," was posted to YouTube Tuesday -- are really just a thick layer of delicious icing on an already tasty cake if you've got an interest in watching animals fight for survival, but there is a downside. I just know that somewhere out there, Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are seeing this and starting to plot an evil idea for a movie. So get ready for "Laser Bats vs. Jedi Crocs" coming next summer to a theater near you.