Terry Nutkins dies from cancer

Terry Nutkins, presenter on the BBC nature show Animal Magic and also The Really Wild Show, has sadly passed away at the age of 66.

Born in 1946, the wildlife expert was being treated for leukaemia when he died earlier today.

The wild-haired father of eight fell in love with animals when he began helping out at London Zoo as a child, with the passion continuing throughout his life despite Nutkins getting the tops of his fingers bitten off by an Otter named Edal when he was 15.

Although the presenter had been absesnt from our screens for some time, he made guest appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Celebrity Ghost Stories and a tribute documentary to Australian “crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin.

Among those paying tribute to Nutkins include Philip Schofield, saying he was “a delightful man and passionate naturalist”. Speaking on Twitter, he said: “So sad to hear of the death of Terry Nutkins. I worked with him often in my ‘broom cupboard’ days.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais also paid tribute, saying he was a “thoroughly nice chap”, while Ben Fogle described Nutkins as one of his “childhood inspirations”.