David Attenborough crawls with blind baby rhino

Nick Pearson, ninemsn
3:19pm February 8, 2013
February 08, 2013: Sir David Attenborough recently admitted that the fate of some of the animals featured in his programs often upsets him. In this video, the filmmaker is seen on his hands and knees "squeaking" with a blind rhino.

A BBC documentary has captured the heartwarming moment nature filmmaker Sir David Attenborough crawled on all fours next to a blind baby rhinoceros.

The 86-year-old presenter was filming his latest series called Africa when the baby mammal ran towards him.

"When we think we're finishing, someone won't let us go," Attenborough says in the voice-over.

"He starts to squeak, and we're able to have a little chat."

Attenborough becomes visible emotional when he went down on hands and knees and began exchanging squeaks with the tiny rhino.

The rhino is currently awaiting an eye operation in the hopes of restoring its sight before it can be realised back into the wild.

January 13, 2013: Producers of the BBC Africa series have been forced to defend themselves against accusations of manipulating viewers with emotional scenes such as a mother leaving her dying calf. Here is the trailer for the controversial series.

Attenborough told Radio 5 Live that while he rarely shows emotion on camera, he has often cried at seeing the suffering of animals.

"I've been deeply moved and upset and worried. How can you not be?"

Author: Nick Pearson.

Sources: BBC, The Telegraph.

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