A BBC reporter was at Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, to discuss the zoo’s annual animal count, so it only made sense that his report included some of the zoo animals.
In hindsight including a half dozen lemurs in the segment may not have been the best idea.
Alex Dunlop is a BBC News Correspondent.
— Alexander Dunlop (@dunlopalex) April 28, 2017
Alex Dunlop has been reporting in the business for 30 years and has covered “serious-minded issues from places like Afghanistan and Iraq,” but he has also covered some lighter stories like this segment he was filming at the Banham Zoo.
While reporting on the zoo’s animal count he thought it would be wise to include some of the animals in his shot.
Dunlop decided to report from inside the lemurs’ enclosure.
For some reason Dunlop thought it would be smart to film from inside of the lemurs’ enclosure. Let’s just say that things did not go as planned, at all.
“Doing a piece to cameras with a few lemurs seemed like a good idea before I entered their pen, but quickly descended into farce,” he wrote in a BBC blog post.
The lemurs climbed all over him like he was a human jungle gym.
Just when it looked like he had the opportunity for a clean take a lemur jumped on him or nibbled at his hand.
At one point, Dunlop attempted to carry on his report with two lemurs on his shoulders. That, of course, did not work well.
Every other word out of his mouth was “Ow!!”
“For the record, only one injury was sustained at Banham Zoo—my pride,” he wrote.
On one hand we can’t help but wonder, when will reporters learn that it’s never a good idea to film a segment with an animal?
Then again, if they didn’t try to incorporate an animal into their report we wouldn’t be blessed with these animals versus reporters compilations. (For cat lovers, don’t worry there’s a blooper reel specifically for you.)