8 Times Sir David Attenborough Was A Total Badass

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Sir David Frederick Attenborough: Naturalist, documentarian and all round legend.

With a long and distinguished career stretching all the way back to the 1950s, everybody's favourite adopted uncle has been opening our eyes to the wonders of the natural world for generations, imparting his bottomless wisdom in that distinctively velvety and comfortingly calm voice of his.

With that much history behind him, it is unsurprising that Sir Dave has had more moments of badassery than you've had hot dinners.

Whether he's adopting wild animals, saving the planet or dropping some serious knowledge on the President of the United States, Attenborough is truly one-of-a-kind.

8. When He Said Boo To This Sloth

Acting every bit the archetype of the brilliant British eccentric, Attenborough gets all up in a sloth's face in order to prove just how uber chill they are. He then follows it down to the ground and narrates cooly as the sloth in question performs its weekly defecation ritual.

Only our fave Sir Dave could get away with watching a sloth take a dump on national television and make it equal parts fascinating, educational and even relaxing (frankly, he could narrate the apocalypse and make it sound like a relaxing day at the zoo).

In this clip, Attenborough is simply doing what he does best: Making the natural world funny, interesting, heart-warming and accessible, whilst at all times making sure that everybody watching wishes that he was our collective uncle.


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