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    I am not a loony beanstew's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
    David Attenborough just making animals up now
    Many animals in the latest series of Blue Planet, including the Great Yorkle, the False Killer Whale and Hamburglar’s Antelope, were actually ‘made up for a laugh’ by David Attenborough, reports suggest.

    BBC insiders indicate that ‘more than half’ of the creatures shown in the series don’t actually exist, and admitted suspicions had first been raised by Attenborough stifling giggles whilst describing the life-cycle of the Flaccid Pantworm round deep-water vents.

    Sources at the BBC admitted that until that point they’d just been taking Attenborough’s narration on trust and didn’t actually know how many of them were actually real.

    “We don’t know how much of his narration is just bollocks,” concerned Producers told us.

    “Here, in the wilds of the deep ocean, creatures stranger than had previously been imagined roam free,” guffawed Attenborough in one visually spectacular sequence.

    “In these depths, the Flaccid Pantworm patrols its territory, guarding against the Belming Dopefish, the Ravenous Orange President Squid and the Clam-diving Facefish.”

    Editors are now working through the footage trying to work out where Attenborough has been just yanking their chain.

    “It’s a huge job. We’ve got him talking about the Gobbler Mussel, the Eighteen-foot Shrimp and the Wriggling Dongfish, and the shit that lives in the deep ocean is so messed up any one of them could actually be real.

    “To be honest we’ve got doubts about Sharky McSharkface as well, come to think of it.”
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    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    Aussie 'firehawk' raptors are spreading bushfires

    According to the study, these firehawks— the back kite, whistling kite, and brown falcon— pick up smoldering grass and sticks from raging bushfires and transport them up to a kilometre away.

    "The imputed intent of raptors is to spread fire to unburned locations – for example, the far side of a watercourse, road, or artificial break created by firefighters – to flush out prey via flames or smoke," the researchers explained.

    Co-author and ornithologist Bob Gosford, in an interview with ABC News, said that areas close to bushfires were great hunting grounds for the birds of prey.

    “Black kites and brown falcons come to these fronts because it is just literally a killing frenzy…It's a feeding frenzy, because out of these grasslands come small birds, lizards, insects, everything fleeing the front of the fire," he said.

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