IN a shocking encounter with electric eels, Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall was blown clear out of the water and flat on his back.
He was trying to catch a crocodile at night, obviously.
The host of BBC Earth’s Deadly 60 Downunder, Backshall and his creepy crawlies are headed to Tamworth.
But, deadly doesn’t necessarily mean dangerous, he said.
“Despite what the media might have you believe, wild animals very rarely hurt human beings,” he said.
Backshall got into the world of deadly animals on his own wildlife program in the 1990s that later sold to National Geographic.
It’s then he was hired as an adventurer in residence.
The deadliest animal he’s ever come into contact with is surprisingly a dragonfly.
“I’d have to say some of the large dragonflies, the fastest flying insects have the ability to see in a whole different world of speed to us,” he said.
“It’s vital when you’re working with animals that you’re not frightened, animals sense fear and react negatively to it.
“That’s true if you’re working with dogs or horses just as much as big cats and whales.”
Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 Downunder show is coming to the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre on Tuesday January 15.
The Leader has three family passes to the 2pm performance to giveaway for the first three callers to leave their name and contact details in a message at 6768 1290 before 10am on Thursday December 27.
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