Base-Jumping Barnacle Geese to star in new David Attenborough series Life Story

In what promises to be one of the most talked-about moments in the new landmark series, a group of Barnacle Goslings are forced to embark on a death-defying plunge within hours of being born

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This is the moment of truth. The moment Barnacle Geese youngsters have to leap 400 feet down a rocky cliff in Greenland to join their parents and start the rest of their lives.

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Make the wrong kind of jump and you will be smashed on the rocks. Get it right and manage to hit the cliff edges stomach-first on your way down and you might – might – just survive.

And all this within the first few hours of being alive.

This is one of the most thrilling – and upsetting – sequences in Life Story, the new David Attenborough series that took four years to make and examines the early days of life for a variety of the world’s creatures.

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Life Story begins on BBC1 on Thursday at 9pm

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