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Throwback To The Time Sir David Attenborough Took On A Snake

Mark McGowan

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Throwback To The Time Sir David Attenborough Took On A Snake

Now that the second and most likely last series of Planet Earth is drawing to a close, soon enough all we'll have is timely throwbacks of Sir David Attenborough in action.

The rightful King of Nature Documentaries has seen it all over the years, but no incident seemed as tense as the time he confronted a lethal spitting cobra.

Back in 2007, which is starting to feel like a lifetime ago, Sir Dave's Life in Cold Blood was shown on the BBC, which showed the legend studying the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Not usually one to throw himself into dangerous situations, Dave decided that just once he was going to showcase that he was in fact a mad bastard. He provoked a cobra until it spat in his face.

Credit: BBC

At the tender age of 80, Davey Boy said "U wot, mate?" to his serpent enemy, who then hawked a gozzy right in his grid and was only stopped by a thin layer of protective plastic.

"Well, I was well and truly sprayed," he says after confronting the snake. "Every one of those pink dots is a bead of venom and if any one of them had gone in my eye I would now be blind and in extreme pain.

"So, it's a fair warning from that snake to me not to get any closer."

The man is a hero, and I reckon his final bow out should be getting in the ring with a kangaroo and battering him, just like that Aussie bloke did the other day.

Featured image credit: PA

Topics: david attenborough

Mark McGowan
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