Children's TV presenter bitten by crocodile
Tuesday 14 September 2010
Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall has revealed how he was bitten by a crocodile while filming a children's BBC series.
The naturalist, 37, was wading through the mud looking for an anaconda - a giant snake - when he was attacked.
Backshall, who is about to front BBC1's Lost Land Of The Tiger, told TV Times: "I was bitten by a crocodile earlier this year.
"I was working in the swamps in northern Argentina, filming Deadly 60 (a series for the BBC children's strand CBBC about the world's most dangerous creatures).
"The director thought he spotted a big anaconda, which was the snake we were looking for, so I got off my horse and waded through the mud trying to find this thing.
"My foot hit what I thought was a branch and I remember thinking, 'There are no trees around here!'."
Backshall added: "With that, this crocodile swung round, bit me on the calf and then swam away. I needed 10 stitches and it was a right mess, but it's healing into a nice scar now."
The adventurer, who also broke two vertebrae in his back while rock-climbing in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, two years ago, presented Lost Land Of The Volcano and Lost Land of The Jaguar and the long-running CBBC series The Really Wild Show.
In Lost Land Of The Tiger, a three-part series, he travels to Bhutan to prove that the area is inhabited by tigers, as finding the group is of huge importance for the survival of the species.
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
- < Previous
- Next >
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£30000 - £34000 Per Annum 25 days holiday, Private healthcare: Clearwater Peop...
Unpaid: Cancer Research UK: If you’re a professional in project management, lo...
£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: We require a teacher of Geogr...