Oops, Wrong Attenborough Brother

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 27th, 2014

Earlier today, I made a grievous error and confused Yeti believer Sir David Attenborough with his brother, Richard Attenborough.

It was Richard Attenbourough who passed away, not Sir David Attenborough.


For this I apologize profusely.

As Loren Coleman noted, Richard Attenborough passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Well known as an actor, probably best known for his work in Steven Speilberg’s Jurassic Park, Oscar-winning British film director and wildlife expert, it’s his brother, Sir David Attenborough, that is a believer in the yeti or Abominable Snowman.

Sir David Attenborough believes there is ‘very convincing’ evidence that yetis exist.

Speaking on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, the revered wildlife expert said: ‘I’m baffled by the Abominable Snowman – very convincing footprints have been found at 19,000ft.

‘No-one does that for a joke. I think it’s unanswered.’


Speaking to Jarvis Cocker at a UKTV 2013-2014 Showcase, Sir David, 87, said he had not given up hope of the creature being real.

He said: “I believe the Abominable Snowman may be real. I think there may be something in that.

“A fossil was found with these huge molars that are four of five times the size of human molars.”

Sir David said that the Himalayan forests which cover over 14,000 square miles could easily contain a Yeti.

“If there are some still alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet that these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn’t be aware of them,” he added.

See also:

Sir David Attenborough and the Yeti
Jurassic Park IV
David Attenborough’s Monsters
Camera Traps and Bigfoot
‘The Yeti May Be Real’ Says Sir David Attenborough
Attenborough and the Yeti

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

4 Responses to “Oops, Wrong Attenborough Brother”

  1. Troodon56 responds:

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to refer to David Attenborough as a Yeti “believer”. As Loren Coleman has stated before, the word “believe” indicates that he somehow has faith in its existence, rather than being convinced by the evidence that it exists. Attenborough is one of the most venerable naturalists in history; I don’t think he would support the existence of something like the Yeti unless he felt that the evidence was really good.

    But anyway, I would like to wish my sincere condolences to Richard Attenborough and his family. In many people’s minds, he now represents the personification of a well-intentioned individual who succeeds in bringing non-avian dinosaurs back to life for the whole world to see; the bioengineering world’s equivalent of Santa Claus. Rest in peace to an amazing actor, director, and overall wonderful person.

  2. Craig Woolheater responds:

    David Attenborough’s quote: “I believe the Abominable Snowman may be real.”

  3. David-Australia responds:

    Another slight “oops” (of omission). From Richard’s IMDB entry:
    In 1967, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was knighted in 1976 and, in 1993, he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough, of Richmond-upon-Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

    So he was a “Sir” like his brother (correct – David was knighted also), as well as a “Baron”.

  4. Wee Falorie Man responds:

    David Attenborough wrote a nice little cryptozoological-esque book back in 1975 called “Fabulous Animals” – just letting everybody know. 🙂

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