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Malta seeks return of ancient shark tooth David Attenborough gave to Prince George

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The island nation of Malta reportedly isn’t familiar with an age-old playground rule of “no takebacks” — it’s moving to ask Prince George to return a shark tooth that was given to him by Sir David Attenborough, but which the Maltese consider an ancient artifact.

The tooth in question was given to the 7-year-old British royal by famed naturalist Attenborough during a recent screening of his new documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” at Kensington Palace, according to the Times of Malta.

Attenborough got hold of the 23-million-year-old tooth, which comes from an extinct shark species called a megalodon, during a trip with his family to Malta in the 1960s.

After snapshots of the young prince and his siblings holding the tooth emerged, Malta’s culture minister told the paper he would “get the ball rolling” on its return.

“There are some artifacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved,” José Herrera said.

“We rightly give a lot of attention to historical and artistic artifacts,” Herrera said. “However, it is not always the case with our natural history. I am determined to direct a change in this attitude.”

According to the Times of Malta, 2002 legislation outlawed the removal or excavation of fossils which are considered part of the country’s cultural heritage.

No word on who might have to take a bite out of Prince George’s toy chest to retrieve the oversized tooth.

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