Published on Jul 3, 2013
Narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough Wild India gives you a fascinating insight into this world-within-a-world, as each show explores the country’s extraordinary landscapes and their inhabitants.
Elephant Kingdom Episode :
To the south of the Himalayas lie wild plains, divided by the Brahmaputra river and home to the magnificent Indian Elephant. In this episode you’ll also see red silk cotton trees and rare and beautiful creatures, from the smooth-coated otter to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, all living together in a perfectly balanced ecosystem.
Cats killing huge numbers of British birds, Sir David Attenborough warns.
TV naturalist says cat owners should buy bell collars to stop them killing ‘an extraordinarily high number of birds in gardens’.
The TV naturalist said cat owners should buy bell collars for their pets to help stop the deaths.
Sir David, 87, features the robin on the Christmas Day edition of Radio 4 programme Tweet Of The Day.
He told the Radio Times that cats and the cold winter weather, when frozen ground makes it difficult to find food, are the biggest problems faced by birds.
"Cats kill an extraordinarily high number of birds in British gardens," the broadcaster said.
Asked whether cat owners should buy bell collars for their pets at Christmas, he replied: “That would be good for the robins, yes.”
The presenter also warned that scientists should not attempt to bring back species such as the woolly mammoth.
TV presenter Alice Roberts recently urged society to “grapple with” the issue of bringing Ice Age animals back from the dead after Japanese scientists extracted the bone marrow from woolly mammoth remains with a view to resurrecting the creature.
But Sir David, who encounters extinct animals in a new Sky documentary using special effects, said he was not keen on the idea.
"I think it could conceivably happen, but to what end? It’d be a nice intellectual triumph for the scientists, but where’s the poor thing going to live?
"Where’s it going to find a mate? What’s it going to do? We’ve got quite enough problems saving the species we’ve got without bringing old ones back," he said.
Sir David also suggested that he had mixed feelings about the approach, taken by conservationists, of focusing on the danger of particular species dying out.
"It’s a mistake that conservationists have made (to focus on species such as this). But it’s a useful mistake. It made sense to concentrate on the disappearance of species that we care about, the charismatic species, in order to make people aware of what mankind is doing," he said.
"It’s very easy to say ‘The giant panda’s disappearing’. What you should be saying is that the ecosystem of which the giant panda is only a part is disappearing.
"Because the world wouldn’t change hugely if we lost the panda. But if we see the disappearance of the bamboo forests on which the panda depends, that will disrupt the whole natural pattern of things."
source The Guardian.
I kinda disagree that they’re killing ‘large’ numbers but it only takes a few cats to kill the wrong type of birds. I’d buy a bell collar :)
I made a t-shirt with Sir David :)
This is awesome.
THANK YOU <3
Sadly all are out of stock seeing as the prototype was limited edition.
However, keep an eye out on coastal paths and nature reserves for young, hip gentlemen and I’m sure you’ll find a few ;)
Here you can listen or download to keep a copy of the most recent Desert Island Disks with Attenborough. If (for any reason) you can’t get on the page then I will download and re-upload :)
Sir David Attenborough: "There Might Be Something in the Abominable Snowman Mystery"
:O No bitches be insulting Sir David!
Those who openly speak their view and then decide to slam the views of others are totally ridiculous and don’t deserve to be listened to in my opinion.
In the words of the great man himself, “…it seems to me safer show things that I know to be the truth; truthful and factual and allow people to make up their own minds…”
Aw wow, what an ace question. I suppose it depends what you want your tattoo to be about. I can’t remember how it goes verbatim but my favourite is:
“I wish the world was twice as big and half of it still unexplored.”
and this one is great too :)
“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfilment.”
No it’s not inactive! Well, it is ~technically but I was without internet for SO long I’ve been unable to update for ages. But knowing there are people there who want more Attenborough goodness is motivation to post more.
Background artwork by Ethe.