Seven Worlds One Planet has delivered a first look at the monkeys Sir David Attenborough has fought to find for 50 years – and they are absolutely adorable.
The golden-haired, blue-faced, snub-nosed snow monkey makes its grand entrance on this week’s Asia focused episode, with a preview clip revealing the tiny creatures hopping through the air.
Only found in China, the monkeys are one of the rarest on the planet, so much so that Sir David was never able to track them down.
They’re also mischievous little things, able to throw their voices without moving their lips to cause trouble.
Gathering in large groups, the animals are one of a kind and able to live within the snowy mountains off lichens, pine needles and bark.
Try not to watch the video without your heart melting. We absolutely dare you.
Speaking at the world premiere of the new BBC series, Sir David praised the animals and shared his excitement at finally getting the ‘wonderful creatures’ on cameras.
‘I’d never seen a film of it before!,’ he said. ‘Actually I once read about it in a scientific paper, and I read all about it and thought we must go and film that – and that was back in the sixties!
‘I tried to find it, but couldn’t, trial and error and all that, so in the end I dropped it.
‘But I’d always had it in the back of my mind, then, blow me, as if this lot didn’t find it, popped up and said “we’ve got it!”’
‘I think it’s one of the stars,’ he added.
The 93-year-old nature icon then excitedly laughed: ‘Do you know why they’re snub-nosed? It’s stop them getting frost-bitten!’
We can’t wait to see what these cheeky little creatures are getting up to.
Protect them at all costs.
Seven Worlds, One Planet: Asia airs Sunday at 6.15pm on BBC One.
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