When four-year-old Otis asked his mother, Gerry Holt, if they will be extinct one day like dinosaurs, she was stumped. That is when Gerry and Otis decided to write to Sir David Attenborough to get the right answer. Gerry and her son Otis were left thrilled to have received an actual reply from the 94-year-old natural historian and English broadcaster.
To their surprise, Sir David penned a handwritten letter as a response to the kid’s question. Gerry even shared the 94-year-old’s handwritten letter on her Twitter.
My little boy (age 4.5) wrote to Sir David Attenborough to ask if humans would be extinct one day “like the dinosaurs”. Today he received this beautiful reply: “The answer is that we need not do so as long as we look after our planet properly.”Sir David is 94. He is a wonder 💚 pic.twitter.com/JR2cgcA1Ay
— Gerry Holt (@Gerryholt) March 17, 2021
Ever since Gerry’s tweet, Sir David’s letter is doing rounds on social media. Netizens are impressed and amazed by the 94-year-old’s gesture. Totake out time to write a handwritten note is truly wonderful. Here are some of the Twitteratti’s response towards Sir David’s gesture:
A true legend! What a brilliant man!— Evelyne Moyenin (@EvyMoyenin) March 17, 2021
Handwritten so beautifully. What a wonderful thing to have.— Jules Callaghan (@JAPC72) March 17, 2021
Yes, he's miles beyond "national treasure". Whatever he is, he's planetary— Whitters (@IanWhitlock53) March 17, 2021
Just when you think you couldn’t admire David Attenborough more…— Julia (@Julia001Ann) March 18, 2021
Lisa Ranieri went ahead and posted that she loves this. And she can hear Sir David’s iconic voice as she reads the letter.
Love this. Can hear his iconic voice as I read it!— Lisa Ranieri (@Lisa_Ranieri) March 17, 2021
Gerry, during an interview with BBCsaid that Otis’s face lit up when she read the letter to him. He is aware of Sir David and knows he’s a special person, but Otis needs to be a bit older to really understand the significance of the letter.
Gerry, who was delighted to have received the letter from Sir David, added, “There’s something really special and poignant about a 94-year-old conservationist who has spent his life working to save the planet corresponding with a four-and-a-half-year-old who’s just at the very beginning of his journey to understand the impact of climate change and our behaviour on the planet.”