First Look at Adorable Rare Monkeys David Attenborough Waited 50 Years To Film

Ben PulsfordBen Pulsford in Entertainment, News, TV, World
Published 31.10.19

The adorable monkeys David Attenborough waited 50 years to film are too much

It takes a lot to melt my icy heart, but I’ve got to say, these monkeys are Pixar shorts cute.

The only thing cuter than this teaser footage of these totally adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys is thinking about how excited 93-year-old David Attenborough was to finally film them for the first time.


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Golden snub-nosed monkeys from Eastern China will make their debut on this week’s Asia-themed episode of Sir David’s new nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet and if you don’t fall in love with them immediately while watching the newly-released sneak-peek clip, you might not have a soul.

Just look.


The teaser clip, released yesterday (Wednesday 30th October) by BBC Earth, shows a group of cuter-than-cute golden snub-nosed monkeys jumping through frosty air in crystal-clear clarity. It’s giving me all the Frozen vibes.

They look more adorable that Sir David in a Christmas knit, but from what I’ve heard, behind their cute exterior is a hell of a lot of monkey sass. The BBC actually said: “Just wait until the teeth and claws come out”. So they’re kind of like Gremlins then. Like a mix between Gizmo and Stripe.


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After a 50-year wait, David Attenborough got to film golden snub-nosed monkeys

It was recently revealed that Sir David had waited 50 years to film this specific breed of monkey. He explained at a press event for the new series that when he first heard of the golden snub-nosed monkey 50 years ago, he couldn’t actually get permission to go and film them in China. Half a century later – and thanks to a crack team of over 150 people – Sir David finally go to film these cheeky monkeys for his latest series.


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Sir David hearts golden snub-nosed monkeys

The golden snub-nosed monkeys belong to the group of Old World monkeys. Their tails are multi-purpose; they use the to hang from trees, pick up objects and just sit on (’cause they’re covered in thick fur). Sign me up for a monkey’s life. 

Attenborough recently spoke about the stars of this Sunday’s episode:

“It is a wonderful creature. I’ve never seen a film of it before.

“But I’d always had it in the back of my mind, then, blow me, as if this lot [the documentary crew] didn’t find it, popped up and said ‘we’ve got it!’


“The footage shows the monkeys have snubbed noses to stop them getting frostbitten.

He added: “I think it’s one of the stars”.

OMG, I just want him to read me a bedtime story. Seriously, David, how do you not understand why so many of us love you so?

Monkey shocked

Seven Worlds, One Planet

David’s new series Seven Worlds, One Planet debuted last weekend on BBC One with an Antarctica episode and continues this weekend with special guests the snub-nose monkeys in an Asia episode at 6.15pm on Sunday.

Here’s the official show synopsis:

“Millions of years ago, incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents. Seven Worlds, One Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there.

“This series will feature remarkable, new animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.”

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