The area which ITV has marked for the new series of UK hit jungle show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! has been hit by a poison scare, just three weeks before the series goes on air, the Daily Star reports.
Dungay Creek in New South Wales runs through the stars' jungle camp - and has been mysteriously contaminated by a toxic insecticide. The Department of Environment and Climate Change officials have advised people to stay away from the water, and banned fishing and swimming.
Although the report says the show will be going ahead as planned, the news means that this year's celebs may have to avoid the water, much to the dismay of ITV bosses as it means the water can't be used for the fabled showers (remember Myleene's white bikini?) or scantily clad dips by female contestants. Oh well, let's hope there is plenty of bug-eating, arguments and other such sophisticated and intellectual entertainment to expect from the show and its 'celebrities'. Officials from the Department of Environment and Climate Change carried out tests and found the area had been mysteriously polluted, one theory being that nearby vegetation was sprayed with an insecticide and it accidentally spread. Boss Laurence Orel said in the article: "We're still investigating the case.â€ˆWhen we work out the cause we'll be able to look at ways to rehabilitate the area. But at this stage we're advising people not to draw water out of the creek or eat any fish caught there."
Treehugger suggests that perhaps neighbouring areas should have stuck to organic farming and avoid pesticides, or try what farmers in India have been using: Booze. It might lead to some interesting behaviour among the celebrities if this were to be accidentally spilled into the water...
The show launches on November 12 on ITV.