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January 04, 2022


Sir David Attenborough stabbed by ‘dangerous’ cactus while filming new BBC series The Green Planet

(Thanks to Emily, Leslie and w)


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‘One of the joys of going on location is thinking up horrible things to get David to do,’ Executive Producer Gunton added.

Sounds like a fantastic job.

"And if you just brush against it, the spines are like spicules of glass..."

The Jumping Cholla is notorious for its ambush tactics. Planting them on the border would be far more effective than a wall, as well as cheaper and and less environmentally destructive.

Bet he won't do that again.

"I say Love, how did it feel old chap, alright?"

"Left me bloody Cack-handed it did.

"spicules". That's a word you don't see everyday.

Given the state of British nobility are sure the cactus wasn't acting in self-defense?

" Sir David Attenborough stabbed by ‘dangerous’ cactus "

If you're smart, you'll just give them your wallet. That's all they want.

Cholla are "rare?" I can think of a lot of people who believe they aren't rare enough.

Life lessons in the Southwest that are never tried twice.

#1---Rattlesnakes do not make fun pets.

#2---Do not pet Gila monsters.

#3---Do not stick your hand in a cholla cactus.

#4---Do not get in a saloon fight with anyone named Earp or Holliday.

These lessons and 2,271 (3,289 in Texas) more things not to do in desert country can be purchased in most truck stops and convenience stores.

Le Pet, here we have a small relative of the cholla that likes to grow out of rocks and such in patios, yards, etc. The needles are so slender you can barely see them at all. And the heaviest leather gloves on the market are no match for them. As you might imagine, getting rid of them is a delicate matter. You want to uproot them, but that means grabbing them. Invariably, a needle or three get through the heavy gloves.

If only your #3 was 100% possible....

The Saguaro Cactus' are like that too. Don't mess with cactus.

Rod Nunley--I've encountered those cactus you describe. They are vicious.
The cactus story made me remember my friend, Elmer Kelton, in his novel, The Time It Never Rained, wrote about ranchers desperate to feed their cattle during the drought of the 1950's, how they used propane torches to burn needles off cactus so the cattle could eat them.

The line about cholla cactus being a "rare" species should have been edited out.

More SW living life lessons...

Before relocating to SW Florida, I lived in Arizona. I was trying to remove a cactus in my Phoenix yard and while pulling at its base with gloves, it slipped and an upper arm smacked me in the face.

I ended up with cactus spines in my eye. It took a trip to the E.R. and visits with two different Ophthalmologists to thoroughly extract the fine spines from my eye. Fortunately, no vision damage was done.

And never walk around the yard in Phoenix at night without a flashlight. I stepped out for some fresh desert air in my flip flops. I thought I had stepped on the garden hose but looked down to see my foot behind the head of a 6-foot rattle snake. I jumped as far as I could and rolled into the asphalt street getting some road rash. The snake coiled up and began rattling its tale. I called our local fire department that makes snake removal calls. They had a spotlight on the truck, tall boots, a snake pole and a bucket. They quickly flushed it out of my lantana vines and took it out in desert to be released.

And don't even get me started on the bark scorpions getting in the house and climbing the walls.

So far in Florida, I've only had a couple of harmless blue racer snakes on my doorstep to deal with.

pharmaross - my carefully thought out planned reaction next time I step on a rattler, or unknowingly step anywhere near one for that matter.

man tom

Thankfully by unknowingly stepping behind its head, I was able to jump away without it biting me.

The fire department came back two weeks later to remove a 4-foot rattler in my courtyard.

And the gator in the pond out back here is only 4-feet long and I'm told it's not a threat until it grows another 2-feet. Supposedly the HOA will then have it trapped and removed.

When initially looking for a home here, a 10-foot Burmese Python was found on the sidewalk of my hotel in Naples.

Perhaps a move to a high rise condo is in order. That can also be risky in Florida given the collapse in Surfside.

Always check the with the HOA to see if anyone named John McAfee is listed on the owner registration before buying a condo in a high-rise.

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