Adults 'make children fear nature'

Andover Advertiser: Springwatch presenter Chris Packham (BBC) says letting youngsters get up close with wildlife should be an essential part of growing up Springwatch presenter Chris Packham (BBC) says letting youngsters get up close with wildlife should be an essential part of growing up

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, adding: "They have got to be stung, slimed, slithered on and scratched."

The Springwatch host said allowing youngsters to get up close with wildlife should be an essential part of growing up but they are made to feel fear by adults who stop them climbing trees or insist on them using anti-bacterial gel after touching animals.

The naturalist, 53, told The Times he recalled being licked by a giraffe on a visit to a zoo as a child and being ordered to wash his hands and face by his mother.

"I had been licked by a giraffe! I didn't want to wash it off," he said.

He added that he has since allowed hand-reared wolves to lick him " many times".

"Wolves' mouths are packed with bacteria which are perfect for healing," he added.

He went on: "This whole process is alien to children because they want to pick it up and touch it. The feel of worms, the feel of a caterpillar inching up their finger, the marvel of a ladybird gyrating round that finger and getting to the top of it turning this way and that and then taking flight; that's the stuff of magic. What are you going to do? Wash their hands with gel?

"When you ask a child to open their hands and you squirt that liquid and say, 'Rub that in,' you are saying, 'You are in a dirty and dangerous place.' And when you say to them not to climb the tree because you might fall out and hurt yourself, you are instigating fear in that child.

"Parents are to blame. Clearly we can't blame kids. They are born with the same innate curiosity that all of us were, but parents have pulled back from allowing their kids to engage with it."

Packham narrates Wildlife Jack on the Disney Junior channel from Monday.

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9:58am Sat 12 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead
Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............
This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............ burgerboy
  • Score: 9

10:28am Sat 12 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"The naturalist, 53, told The Times he recalled being licked by a giraffe on a visit to a zoo as a child and being ordered to wash his hands and face by his mother."

Na, don't believe ya! Giraffes don't have hands, and besides their necks are far too long for children to reach up and wash their faces:)
"The naturalist, 53, told The Times he recalled being licked by a giraffe on a visit to a zoo as a child and being ordered to wash his hands and face by his mother." Na, don't believe ya! Giraffes don't have hands, and besides their necks are far too long for children to reach up and wash their faces:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -10

12:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

CHISSY1 says...

burgerboy wrote:
This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead
Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............
You are obviously of low intelligence to come out with a comment like that.I also think his comments regarding cancer were wrong.I lost my wife to cancer but i survived cancer so i a am qualified to comment.As regards his other comments i agree 100%,kids are wrapped in cotton wool and should be outside instead of sitting in front of TVs and computers getting obese.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............[/p][/quote]You are obviously of low intelligence to come out with a comment like that.I also think his comments regarding cancer were wrong.I lost my wife to cancer but i survived cancer so i a am qualified to comment.As regards his other comments i agree 100%,kids are wrapped in cotton wool and should be outside instead of sitting in front of TVs and computers getting obese. CHISSY1
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Sat 12 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"The naturalist, 53, told The Times he recalled being licked by a giraffe on a visit to a zoo as a child and being ordered to wash his hands and face by his mother."

Na, don't believe ya! Giraffes don't have hands, and besides their necks are far too long for children to reach up and wash their faces:)
Lol......made me chuckle.

I see the miseries are out in force, marking your joke down.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "The naturalist, 53, told The Times he recalled being licked by a giraffe on a visit to a zoo as a child and being ordered to wash his hands and face by his mother." Na, don't believe ya! Giraffes don't have hands, and besides their necks are far too long for children to reach up and wash their faces:)[/p][/quote]Lol......made me chuckle. I see the miseries are out in force, marking your joke down. stevo!!
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Sat 12 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

burgerboy wrote:
This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead
Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............
But he IS allowed to have an opinion on the matter and not receive personal abuse, right?
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: This self opinionated arse hole is the same man who thinks money spent on trying to find a cancer cure should be stopped and spent on wildlife instead Hope YOU never need to be cured one day Packham............[/p][/quote]But he IS allowed to have an opinion on the matter and not receive personal abuse, right? stevo!!
  • Score: -1
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