A reporter from Washington, DC, brought comic relief after a cicada assaulted him during a live shoot on Wednesday.
Fox 5 DC’s Evan Lambert was reporting on the announcement that Washington hospitals would soon require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
He dodged quickly as a cicada raced towards his head, barely skipping a beat and finishing his sentence without further ado.
But apparently it scared him more than he suggested on the air.
“Can you retire at 32? Ask a friend, ”he joked on Twitter alongside a clip of the moment. “And not the one who suddenly gave me a heart attack on live television. The anxiety of the cicadas is very real!
Anchor Shirin Rajaee praised his “big cicada dodge” when he handed him over. “I was very impressed,” she added.
“I’m still dying from your live photo !! I could feel your anxiety from the anchor desk,” Rajaee added in Lambert’s responses on Twitter.
Lambert is just the latest victim in a string of high-profile cicada incidents since billions of insects emerged from the earth as part of their cyclical 17-year emergence.
On Tuesday, the White House press plane was grounded after a swarm of raucous insects flew into the engine. President Joe Biden himself had to eliminate one of the bugs as he boarded Air Force One on Wednesday. And two weeks ago, CNN’s Manu Raju collapsed as a cicada crawled on his neck as he prepared for a live shot.
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