Tortoise mounting shoe screencap

David Attenborough lends voice-over to tortoise mating with shoe

When venerable British naturalist and nature film writer David Attenborough appeared on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show, he was presented with a challenge worthy of a man of his eminence.

“Your voice-overs, they elevate things,” Norton began. “They give it kind of an air of seriousness and lightness. And we have a little wildlife clip …”

He proceeded to play a well-known YouTube clip of a small tortoise squealing deliriously as it attempts to mate with a shoe in someone’s back yard, sending both the audience and guest Cameron Diaz into fits of uncontrollable laughter.

Norton then upped the ante, announcing that he was going to add “a bit of music” and call upon Attenborough to provide a fitting voice-over.

“Evening falls on the lush grasslands of Croydon …” Attenborough began.

(h/t Laughing Squid)

This video was uploaded to YouTube by the BBC on May 25, 2012.

And for those who can’t get enough of that hot chelonian-on-footwear action, below is the original video, uploaded to YouTube by BAKESbbz on August 7, 2009.

Written by | Muriel Kane

Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane

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