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94-year-old Sir David Attenborough (UK) has started an Instagram account and claimed the record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram. 📱 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣

Sir David's first post, an IGTV video about global warming, was posted at 2am PDT and his account reached one million followers just over four hours later. 

The IGTV video has gained more than two million views.

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"Social media isn’t David’s usual habitat so while he’s recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we're helping to run this account," explained account runners Collin Butfield and Johnnie Hughes. 

Collin and Johnnie worked with Sir David on A Life On Our Planet, a documentary that is going to be available on Netflix soon. 

"I've been appearing on radio and television for the past 60 years," says Sir David in the post, "but this is my first time on Instagram." 

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"As we all know, the world is in trouble," warns Sir David in the video. 

"Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. Fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on." 

The previous record holder for this title was Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who joined the social media app on October 15 2019 and gained 1 million followers in five hours and 16 minutes.

Footballer David Beckham, Pope Francis and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have all also been a record holder in this category. 

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Sir David Attenborough also holds the record for longest career as a TV presenter and longest career as a television naturalist, with a career spanning more than six decades.   

His on-screen debut was on Animal Disguises (UK) on BBC Children's Television on 2 September 1953 - this was when TV was only in black and white! 📺

Incredibly, he's still on our screens today more than 67 years later, with his latest show Extinction: The Facts currently airing on the BBC. 

Read more about Sir David Attenborough in Guinness World Records 2021, out now