Charles Foster has eaten earthworms. He’s slept in muddy Welsh holes by day, and foraged for food on all-fours by night. He’s someone who’s quite literally lived weeks of his life as a badger. Foster is also a vet, a barrister, and an academic at the University of Oxford. If there is a fine line between genius and madness, this man is definitely walking that line.
For his book ‘Being A Beast’, Foster boldly went where the majority of wildlife enthusiasts had never been before. Not content with simply observing animals in their natural habitats, he actually mimicked their behaviour and immersed himself within their environments – often for weeks at a time. Planet Earth II might be an astonishing look at the natural world, but you definitely won’t see Attenborough sniffing his way through bin-bags and eating old food off pavements like a hungry fox in it anytime soon.