Sir David Attenborough stabbed by dangerous cactus while filming new BBC show

Sir David Attenborough stabbed by dangerous cactus while filming new BBC show

01/04/2022

Sir David Attenborough has been stabbed by "dangerous" cactus while filming in California for his new BBC One series.

The legendary broadcaster has come up close to some incredibly dangerous predators in his career including lions and polar bears.

However, the 95-year-old became in trouble after being stabbed by a cholla cactus in California.

Sir David has come into contact with a range of plants around the world while filming his new docu-series The Green Planet, which explores the intricate lives of plants and the ecosystems around them.

The star did have the best protective equipment on while approaching the cholla cactus, but the double protective layer of a Kevlar under-glove and a welding glove was not enough to protect him.

Sir David reflected on being stabbed in the hand by the prickly plant.

He 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.”

Sir David can be seen travelling from the USA to Costa Rica and across Europe in the new series as he shows plants in a variety of different terrains.

It seems it was executive producer Michael Gunton's fault that the broadcasting legend was stabbed by the plant as it was his idea for Sir David to go to the dangerous area.

Michael said: “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?”

The Green Planet begins on BBC One on Sunday 9 January 2022 at 7pm.

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