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Sir David Attenborough gets spiked by Arizona cactus

The famous British documentarian stuck his hand into a Teddy-bear cholla cactus and got a few more pricks than maybe he expected.

ARIZONA, USA — Sir David Attenborough got into a prickly situation while filming his new nature documentary series in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. 

The 95-year-old decided to demonstrate the viciousness of the state's Teddy-bear cholla cactus by sticking his gloved hand straight into, what he considers, the desert's "most dangerous" plant. 

As expected, a jumble of needles clung to Attenborough's hand and he required some assistance plucking them out.

"This is not pleasant at all," Attenborough said in a clip of "The Green Planet" series. 

Attenborough said one of the spikes, which have microscopic barbs that can cling tightly onto a human hand, penetrated through his protective glove.

"It's a real physical danger," the veteran filmmaker said.

Named for its ability to latch onto other objects, the Teddy-bear cholla can be found throughout Arizona, Nevada, and California.

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