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Finding the very best stories out there is no easy task, we can tell you. Sometimes it can take all day. Sometimes it requires Sherlock-esque skills of detection. And sometimes Tom Hiddleston narrates webcam footage of a pregnant giraffe.

Boom! That’s really all there is to say about this one. Okay, so we’ll give you some background: It happened yesterday (March 1) on live national radio in the U.K., when Tom was a guest on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Thankfully some clever sausage had the forethought to bring a video camera.

The giraffe in question was April, a 15-year-old camelopard who lives in a zoo in upstate New York, and who, at roughly 15 months pregnant, has been due to give birth for some time now.

In fact, there are so many expectations surrounding the birth, the zoo in question has set up a live feed so people from around the world can watch and wait together.

And they are. In their droves. The feed has been averaging more than 100,000 people logged on 24 hours a day, while millions have been using the hashtag #AprilTheGiraffe to express their frustration.

All the live feed needed was some David Attenborough-style narration… and while the man himself was busy, breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw found the next best thing in his guest that day, who was none other than Tom Hiddleston.

And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that The Night Manager smoothie has mellifluous tones and a gift for flawless narration:

This isn’t the first time Tom has channeled his inner Attenborough. He recently narrated a Planet Earth II trailer for BBC America:

Tom is of course in the middle of a promotional blitz for Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming action flick that’s due to open in theaters next week.

In it, he plays SAS-trained tracker James Conrad, who leads an expedition to an apparently uninhabited island. Among his fellow explorers are photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), Vietnam vet Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), Bill Randa (John Goodman), and stranded WWII pilot Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly).

Nor is this the first time Tom’s got into the spirit of things to promote the movie: There’s the time he donned a gorilla suit on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and then just recently he told Graham Norton how one of his first ever acting experiences involved playing an elephant’s leg. You can see the whole of that episode, including other guests Daniel Radcliffe and Ricky Gervais, this Saturday evening (March 4) at 11/10c on BBC America.

 

 

What do you think: does Sir David Attenborough have some competition on his hands?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.