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Footage Shows Monkeys That David Attenborough Waited 50 Years To Film

Footage Shows Monkeys That David Attenborough Waited 50 Years To Film

The first footage has been released that shows a group of incredible rare monkeys filmed for David Attenborough's new show Seven Worlds, One Planet.


The golden snub nosed monkeys live in China, and it was recently revealed that Sir Dave himself had been waiting for years to have the opportunity to film them.

Basically, given that the cute little primates live in China, it had been difficult for the BBC to get a camera crew into the then-reclusive country to film any of the rare and fascinating beasts therein.

Attenborough admitted recently that he'd waited half a century to get permission to capture these adorable critters on film, but had finally managed it - well, his crew had - for this latest feature.

The show will start this Sunday at 6.15pm on BBC One.

Look at these. Credit: PA
Look at these. Credit: PA

Attenborough said: "It is a wonderful creature. I've never seen a film of it before.

"I always had it in the back of my mind and this lot (his crew) got it. The footage shows the monkeys have snubbed noses to stop them getting frostbitten."

Filming this new show has been quite the undertaking. In fact, 150 people were sent on 81 expeditions around 41 countries and they came back with over 2,000 hours of footage that has eventually been whittled down to seven hours for the final show.

The 93-year-old national treasure continued: "Each of these ­continents has a different ­geological issue.

"They have different ways on how life has ­arrived there and how they survive in isolation.

"Every one of our shows has one or two sequences that take my breath away and have never been seen before.

"I would like the audience to appreciate how beautiful these things are. But also how they integrate with others and how we are dependent on them.

"Each continent has its own systems. Our influence is everywhere and we've made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far.

"But at last nations are coming together and recognising we all live on the same planet.

"All these seven worlds are one and we are dependent on it for every bit of food we eat and every breath we take."

They've also been beset by ethical problems during filming. You've got to be very careful not to disrupt the natural world that these creatures live in, after all.

Attenborough added: "In some circumstances when the animal is in isolation, like a penguin, if it gets into trouble maybe you can help it and that's OK.

"But when you have a cheetah stalking a baby antelope, if you interfere with it you are likely to cause more trouble than not.

"If you frighten the cheetah away, you frighten the antelope. The cheetah will be without its food and it will go and find another one.

"So you end up causing more problems if you don't let nature takes its course. Those baby cheetahs have to feed so you have got to be careful that you know what you're doing."

Let's hope that they left the snub nosed monkeys well alone. We need to keep them around for future generations, for sure.

Seven Worlds, One Planet starts this Sunday on BBC One at 6.15pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: uk news, Interesting, UK Entertainment, Weird, Animals

Tom Wood

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