David Attenborough arrives on Twitter to mark end of 'Africa' series
Published Feb 7 2013, 12:52 GMT | By Alex Fletcher
Legendary broadcaster David Attenborough
joined Twitter for the first time yesterday (February 6), holding an #askattenborough session on the BBC One Twitter account.
Attenborough was taking part in the Twitter Q&A to mark the final episode of his epic Africa
documentary series. [Attenborough in the final episode of 'Africa']
His Twitter debut was an overwhelming success and #askattenborough was at one point out-trending David Beckham
on the social media site.
The presenter and naturalist took questions from Canadian astronaut Commander Hadfield and McFly's Dougie Poynter during the session.
Hadfield asked Attenborough what he would do if he visited the astronaut's space station for a day, and he replied: "I'd just sit and watch the earth go by - its a perspective I've never had."
Meanwhile, he told boyband star Dougie that the one thing he would change about the world would be "nationalism". "If we were truly international we'd sort out the world's problems," he said.
Attenborough sadly didn't have time to answer Poynter's other question: "What's your favourite dinosaur?"
He did reveal that his favourite subject at school was biology (his least favourite was Latin) and that the whale shark was his favourite shark, and he urged young viewers interested in nature and the future of the planet to be aware of what is happening "beyond your own home".
When asked what he would advise or tell a younger version of himself, he added: "I don't think I would have anything to say to him, I wouldn't do anything differently."David Attenborough's 'Africa' - photo gallery:
Eye-to-eye with a magnificent male gelada