Sir David Attenborough is known for his love of the outdoors, but there is one animal he supposedly does not like.
The legendary broadcaster’s new series, A Perfect Planet, will air on the BBC.
These days viewers are so used to seeing him travel around the world and familiarize themselves with wildlife of all shapes and sizes that it is hard to believe that he doesn’t love all animals.
But there is one type of animal that he would rather not get too close to.
What animal doesn’t A Perfect Planet host David Attenborough like?
When publishing Life Stories in 2011, Sir David said he was petrified by rats.
“I really hate rats,” he admitted.
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“I’ve dealt with deadly spiders, snakes, and scorpions without breaking an eyelid, but when I see a rat, I’ll be the first to run.
“I don’t mean that I easily dislike them like I don’t like maggots, let’s say. I mean, when a rat shows up in a room, I have to work hard not to jump on the table! “
Why doesn’t he like rats?
Sir David went on to explain where his hatred of rodents came from.
“I suspect my irrational horror at them stems from the fact that they live so closely with us and while they are reasonably out of the way when they can, they are not really afraid of us,” he said.
He also said that he remembered a time when he was filming in the Solomon Islands.
I suspect that my irrational horror at them stems from the fact that they live so closely with us.
Sir David was sleeping in a thatched hut when he felt something slip over his sleeping towel.
When he lit a torch, he saw that it was a rat. Not only that, his room was “full of rats” too.
What is David Attenborough’s favorite animal?
When it comes to Sir David’s favorite animal, he offered a surprising name.
On the red carpet to publicize Our Planet in 2019, he told reporters that humans were his favorite animal.
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“People [are my favourite],” he said.
“If you were surrounded by all kinds of animals in a zoo and had your child there too, who would you choose?”
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