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Sir David Attenborough Stabbed By ‘Dangerous’ Cactus While Filming New Series

Frankie Golding

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Sir David Attenborough Stabbed By ‘Dangerous’ Cactus While Filming New Series

Well, the good news is that we'll soon be getting a new Sir David Attenborough series – hooray! 

But the bad news is that a cactus with ‘needles like glass’ had the audacity to stab our national treasure in the hand while filming it. 

Now don’t panic, the 95-year-old is absolutely fine and you’re not about to find out that everyone’s favourite environmentalist has been severely injured by a cactus, however being pricked by one of these things was apparently rather painful. 

This incident occurred while the naturalist and broadcaster was investigating the cholla cactus in California during shooting for The Green Planet on BBC One. 

However, despite wearing the combined protection of a Kevlar under-glove and a welding glove, the measures failed to prevent him from being hurt by 'spicules of glass' while reaching inside the plant. 

Sir David said: “The cholla really is a physical danger. 

“It has these very dense spines in rosettes, so they point in all directions. 

“And if you just brush against it, the spines are like spicules of glass, I mean they are that sharp and they go into you and you really have trouble getting them out. 

“So that is a really dangerous plant. The cholla is an active aggressor. I mean, you feel you better stand back and you better watch out.” 

Sounds to me like the BBC should have forked out for an extra glove for our hero.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Executive producer Michael Gunton added: “One of the joys of going on location is thinking up horrible things to get [David] to do. 

“So what we did, because it was so dangerous, was we got a Kevlar under-glove, and then on top of that, a welding glove. 

“So you can imagine that’s about as good protection as you could possibly get. 

“So, David bravely put his hand inside this cholla cactus, as requested. And halfway through it, these spikes still managed to get through those two bits of protection. 

“And it’s quite painful, isn’t it?” 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The Green Planet will see Sir David travel across the globe, from the US to Costa Rica and across Europe to different terrains including deserts, water worlds, tropical forests and the frozen north. 

According to the BBC, the new series aims to show 'how science and technologies have advanced, and how our understanding of the ways in which plants behave and interact has evolved'.

It uses ground-breaking filming techniques to show viewers the intricate lives of plants and the ecosystems that flourish around them – and the ways in which they are just as aggressive as animals. 

In November, the series had its global premiere in Glasgow in conjunction with the COP26 summit on tackling climate change. 

The Green Planet begins on BBC One on 9 January.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: David Attenborough, BBC, Environment, News

Frankie Golding
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