BBC asks Facebook to take down fake David Attenborough bee-feeding post

Facebook has taken down a fake Sir David Attenborough post encouraging people to feed a teaspoon of sugar water to help struggling bees.

Social media was abuzz about the article claiming to be from the much-loved natural history broadcaster.

“If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just four years to live,” it read.

“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee.”

The fake post was shared worldwide by well-meaning people.

The fake post was shared worldwide by well-meaning people.

The post went viral and was shared across the world, but internet links to it no longer work.

In a statement the BBC revealed it asked Facebook “to take down the page as it and posts were purporting to be from Sir David”.

New South Wales beekeeper Chris Wyatt had his suspicions from the start.

“I idolise him [Sir David], I think he’s a fantastic role model for young people and all of the wonders of the world, so I thought it was quite an odd suggestion for him to be putting out himself,” he said.

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