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David Attenborough ‘Stabbed’ By Cactus While Filming New TV Series 

David Attenborough was reportedly 'stabbed by a cactus with needles like glass' when filming his latest show for the BBC, The Green Planet. 
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David Attenborough has reportedly been ‘stabbed by a cactus with needles like glass’ while filming his latest show for the BBC, The Green Planet

Although the 95-year-old was wearing a Kevlar under-glove and welding glove when investigating the cholla cactus, in California, he managed to get hurt by ‘spicules of glass’ when reaching inside the plant. 

Recalling the incident, the natural historian said: “The cholla really is a physical danger. It has these very dense spines in rosettes, so they point in all directions. 

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“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.”

The executive producer of the series, 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?” 

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Attenborough’s latest instalment will see him travel around the world and explore different terrains, including deserts, water worlds, tropical forests and the frozen north. 

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

The show premiered in Glasgow in November 202,  in conjunction with the COP26 summit on tackling climate change. 

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.