A double dose of David Attenborough tonight as Blue Planet II is followed by this endearing doc telling the strange, sad story of a Victorian elephant superstar.
What’s the story about?
“Jumbo” arrived at London Zoo from Africa in 1865 as a young orphan and grew up eating buns and carrying children on his back. Neither of these is, it turns out, ideal for elephant health, as analysis of his skeleton by a research team shows. His teeth were in a shocking state when he died and the poor creature must have suffered agonising pain.
Although well behaved during the day, Jumbo had violent rages at night, which his keeper would try to pacify with whisky – again, not ideal. Attenborough walks us through Jumbo’s troubled life and draws out lessons about the lives of elephants in captivity today.
What time is Attenborough and the Giant Elephant on TV?
You can see the show Sunday 9pm, BBC1