Its a Jungle out there!
It's been a hectic couple of weeks getting together the 'It's a jungle out there' campaign up and running. Working alongside the legendary David Bellamy has been great, with opportunities to hear some amazing tales from his extraordinary career.
My particular favourite anecdote was how he was driving along listening to the radio when they started a David Bellamy impersonation competition live on air. Typical of his sense of humour he decided to call in and have a go. He came second! I can't imagine what it must have been like at the time having so many people take you off, and even caught myself a few times during the filming slipping into an impression of him when talking about nasty, little parasites. It's a subject that's incredibly well suited to his delivery with lots of gruesome tales about burrowing mites and invasive worms.
It's not a comfortable topic as I know from working in practice. Almost every day I see people start scratching just at the mention of fleas and ticks, but it's important information they need to know about. And it's also a fascinating piece of natural history because these parasites have millions of years of evolution behind them that has resulted in some amazing survival strategies. From the amazing jumping ability of fleas to the horrible burrowing behaviour of intestinal worms, it's a true miniature safari and who better to be on safari with than David Bellamy.
To see the parasite videos just visit www.itsajungle.co.uk