WINTERWATCH viewers were hooked on last night’s episode of the BBC show when presenter Chris Packham described a rat being torn to pieces.
Chris, 60 years old and Michaela StrachanThe 55-year-old returns on Thursday with another live screening of Winterwatch, inviting viewers into the lives of animals at Norfolk’s wild Ken Hills.
However, not long into the episode, viewers got more than they bargained for when Chris brought Ray Mouse up.
Viewers were desperate to know if the rodents would survive the night, but the presenter hinted at some tragic news.
The naturalist introduced the show, explaining that Ray may have been “torn apart” and reciting a poem about the tiny creature.
He said: “When the realm of the day snores, at the edge of the water something oozes rustling.
“Long-tailed, stinking of fame, it’s a shameless rat named Ray. Life is full of rats right now, which might explain how we’ve come to love this rodent.
“And ask, was he ripped to shreds or did he survive another day?”
Some viewers were excited by the performance and ran to Twitter in horror, with one reading: “Oh, Mr Rat ohh Chris, please don’t tell me HE HAS BEEN RIPPED APART”.
“Emotions are overwhelming and we’re only in for five minutes,” one second said.
A third added: “Sympathy to anyone who was eating spaghetti at the time the sepia owl took down that rat.”
“Oh, Ray. My red heart is out of tune. I’m totally Team Owl but Ray’s a celebrity now. I want him at least next Friday,” said one Wednesday. write.
And a fifth lamented: “I feel sad for Ray the Rat”.
But what is poor Ray’s fate? Did he make it through the night or was he torn to shreds after all?
Chris announced: “You want to know if Ray the rat will survive another night. Let’s take a look and go down to the river and see if we can spot Ray.”
The presenter went on to note that he hadn’t spotted the river rat but had been tracking a striped owl that was definitely keeping an eye on something – could it be Ray?
“The owl grows up, swoops in and kills,” Chris said startlingly before Michaela added: “I know the whole country is holding its breath. Prediction. There’s only one way to see if Ray is still around. with us or not”.
Live footage kicks in, with Michaela declaring: “Look at the tail, it doesn’t have a kink, that’s not Ray! He survived to live another night and another day.”
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