National Treasure David Attenborough Has Spoken About His Health Problems

Hands off him 2017

Honorary grandfather figure to the nation and planet protector Sir David Attenborough has spoken about his difficulties with memory which affect his job.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the veteran broadcaster and naturalist admitted he sometimes struggles with remember the 'proper names' for animals or plant-matter which can make scriptwriting difficult.

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Attenborough admitted he is "coming to terms" with the fact his memory isn't what it was and that it takes longer for him to find the right words.

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Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph following a trip to the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, he recalled an incident saying: "There were these searing yellow fields and I can't think of the damn name. I wanted to say something about it but I couldn't and it wasn't until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape.""

But despite the issues surfacing in his age he is more determined than ever to protect the planet. "Everyone must do what they can because it's the most valuable thing we have got," he said, "whether your 60 years old or 106."

A true hero.