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"David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities" on BBC Knowledge

Photo Credit: Stephen Dunleavy (Humble Bee FIlms)

Photo Credit: Stephen Dunleavy (Humble Bee FIlms)

David Attenborough has spent a lifetime documenting the natural world. He’s met a great number of nature’s most extraordinary creatures yet there are certain stories of bewildering animals that continue to intrigue him – from the peculiar patterns of a zebra’s stripes to the evolutionary quirk of the egglaying platypus. 

How did two very small animals from opposite ends of the world send shockwaves through the scientific community and upset the reputation of leading scientists? Why do zebras and butterflies advertise themselves with bold patterns or dazzling colours? Nature has twisted the tusk of the narwhal and the shells of snails and their relatives, but what is the purpose? Sir David shares the stories of these extraordinarily shaped creatures and reveals why he considers them nature's curiosities.

Each of the five episodes explores the stories behind two natural curiosities, linked together by a common theme. David’s gift for storytelling combined with wonderful images of the animal subjects creates a television series unlike any other he has made before.