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Sir David Attenborough Quits Instagram Two Months After He Joined

Gregory Robinson

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Sir David Attenborough Quits Instagram Two Months After He Joined

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In news that will come as a shock to many, Sir David Attenborough has quit Instagram only two months after he joined the social media platform.

The legendary 94-year-old nature documentarian made headlines in September when he made an account ahead of the premiere of his Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet.

Sir David Attenborough's dormant Instagram account (Credit: Instagram/Sir David Attenborough)
Sir David Attenborough's dormant Instagram account (Credit: Instagram/Sir David Attenborough)

People were clearly shook because his account snagged the record as the fastest page to gain a million followers, in just four hours and 44 minutes. However the page currently states it is 'no long active' in the biography section.

Sir David beat the former record holder, Jennifer Aniston's time of five hours and 16 minutes. Recently, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint overtook Sir David by amassing one million followers in just four hours and one minute.

At the time of writing, Sir David's Instagram account has 27 posts and boasts 6.2 million followers.

The first post was a video urging fans to help save the planet and do their bit to fight climate change. It now has 18 million views.

Sir David Attenborough used the account to promote his Netflix documentary (Credit: Sir David Attenborough Instagram)
Sir David Attenborough used the account to promote his Netflix documentary (Credit: Sir David Attenborough Instagram)

In the clip, Sir David says: "Hello my name is David Attenborough and I've been appearing on radio and television for the past 60 years but this is my first time on Instagram.

"I'm making this move and exploring this new way of communication to me because, as we all know, the world is in trouble.

"Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans, the list goes on and on.

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"But we know what to do about it, that's why I'm tackling this new way for me of communication.

"Over the next few weeks I'll be recording messages to explain what the problems are and how we can deal with them.

The account was largely used to promote his then upcoming Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet, which premiered on 4 October. Filmmakers Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes posted his video messages on the page for him ahead of the premiere.

A spokesperson for A Life on Our Planet told Tyla that the account was always intended "to be a series of special messages over a limited period of time" with no further posts planned in the future.

The spokesperson said: "Primarily, they wanted to use the platform to explain the current problems facing our natural world and the solutions to help us deal with them.

"While there won't be any new posts going live, the account will remain open for people to watch Sir David's videos and read the posts that have been shared since the account was created.

"Sir David and the filmmakers hope that their messages will inspire others to speak up for nature and take positive action towards creating a sustainable future."

Topics: Celebrity News, Sir David Attenborough, Netflix

Gregory Robinson
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