David Attenborough: “I’m the daddy”

The natural history narrator explains why so many people want him to do their voicemail messages

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Sir David Attenborough says he is “bombarded” by requests from people wanting him to record voicemail messages for them.

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“It happens all the time,” said the legendary natural history broadcaster. “People even ask me to send them recorded messages for their weddings!”

He does, it’s true, have a voice you might imagine belonged to the Creator (if you imagined that a Creator existed) but Attenborough has a more scientific explanation for the popularity of his dulcet tones.

“When a bird hatches, the first thing it hears and sees is deeply imprinted in its psyche,” he told The Sun.

“Humans aren’t quite as imprintable as that, but I still think that since I’ve been doing this for ages, a lot of people first heard my voice when they were three or four.

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“So there might be a whole population of television viewers who are imprinted with my voice. They see me as their daddy bird…”