Ryan gets reply from David Attenborough

Ryan Youngson and Morag Finnie with the letter from Sir David Attenborough.
Ryan Youngson and Morag Finnie with the letter from Sir David Attenborough.

When 12-year-old Ryan Youngson wrote a letter to national treasure Sir David Attenborough, the Anna Ritchie pupil could never have expected the reply he received.

After watching a programme with Sir David, animal lover Ryan put pen to paper to express how concerned he was about Ivory poaching and the elephants it was endangering.

Within two weeks Ryan received a handwritten letter back from the broadcaster and naturalist.

“I wrote the letter because I heard how the Ivory trade had gotten even worse and I was heartbroken,” Ryan told the Buchanie.

“Last week when I got home my dad said there was a letter for me and it was from Sir David.

“I was quite surprised to get a letter from him personally. I’m a really big fan of his,” he said.

Morag Finnie, a PSA with the school for more than 23 years, helped Ryan write the letter to Sir David and was delighted when she heard the news that he had replied.

“I’m really proud of Ryan for writing the letter and being so concerned about the plight of the elephants and wanting to do something about it.

“The words Ryan used were ‘Mrs Finnie went as red as a tomato’ because I was so chuffed and I’m really proud of him,” she added.