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BBC's Winterwatch features 'anal rubbing' and a 'beaver cam'

‘We do like a bit of anal rubbing here!’ Latest episode of BBC2’s Winterwatch leaves wildlife fans tittering over host Gillian Burke’s commentary as she watches badgers mark each others’ scent at Edinburgh Zoo

  • Latest episode of series 11 of the show saw hosts Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke at Edinburgh Zoo, while Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan were in Norfolk
  • Gillian Burke tickled some viewers while commenting on watching members of a wild badger set mark each others’ scent 
  • She told those listening: ‘A more descriptive word would be anal rubbing.’
  • Read more:  Chris Packham cancels all TV work after feeling ‘burnt out’ as he announces surprising new career change

The BBC’s flagship Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Springwatch nature shows never fail to disappoint when it comes to animal kingdom innuendo, and the latest episode served up plenty of blush-inducing comments for wildlife fans. 

The fifth installment of Winterwatch, which is being filmed in Scotland and Norfolk, saw presenter Gillian Burke blithely telling viewers: ‘We do like a bit of anal rubbing on the watches here’.

The host was, alongside fellow presenter Iolo Williams, watching wild badgers scent-marking at Edinburgh Zoo. 

A live camera watched the stripey animals as they sniffed around each other’s derrieres – officially known as allo marking. 

However, Burke’s attempts to explain the term in simpler terms sparked a slew of comments on social media.  

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The latest episode of series 11 of the show saw hosts Iolo Williams and Gillian Burke at Edinburgh Zoo, with Burke’s commentary of how the badgers mark each others’ scent sparking plenty of posts on social media

@Yorkiebarkid1 wrote: ‘Anal rubbing, and the beaver is out! Only on #winterwatch.’ 

@GemmaTill penned: ‘Did she just say “we love a bit of anal rubbing”?! #winterwatch.’ 

@MarkConway87 added: ‘BBC’s #Winterwatch gave us a Hall of Fame live TV presenting moment last night! Where else would you go for your anal rubbing!?’

Burke, who was co-presenting alongside Iolo Williams, described how viewers were lucky to see the set emerging while the BBC2 show was on air at 9pm, as they normally surface around 4pm when the zoo’s visitors have gone home. 

‘We do like a little bit of anal rubbing on the watches here’ – Burke’s comments in the latest episode continue Winterwatch’s tradition of embracing innuendo

The pair were wrapped up in winter coats as they showcased the Water of Leith

She told viewers: ‘This is more like it, this is eight individuals, we think there’s up to ten in this clan. And they’re really active when they first emerge.

‘They play, but what they also do is allo marking, they’re scent marking each other, a more descriptive word would be anal rubbing. 

‘And we do like a little bit of anal rubbing on the watches here.’ 

Meanwhile, co-hosts Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan offered an update from the live cameras in Norfolk, with fans again tittering at the ‘beaver dam cam’ set up to watch the local wildlife. 

The stripey mammals appeared unexpectedly while the show was on air – the set of wild badgers at Edinburgh Zoo normally appear earlier, when the zoo closes around 4pm 

Meanwhile, co-hosts Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan offered an update from the live cameras in Norfolk, with fans again tittering at the ‘beaver dam cam’ set up to watch wildlife

The duo spotted an otter snuffling through waters under the cloak of darkness

It was revealed yesterday that Packham has cancelled all TV work for the next three months after feeling completely ‘burnt out’.

The host of BBC’s flagship Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Springwatch shows is taking a break from cameras for the first time in nearly four decades after saying he feels like he’s been constantly running on a treadmill.

The 61-year-old wildlife presenter is now embarking on a surprising career change, using the start of the year to create abstract sculptures of animals.

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