• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S ROYAL NAVY HAS OFTEN BEEN CALLED UPON TO CARRY OUT UNEXPECTED DUTIES: BUT ON THURSDAY THEY CARRIED OUT ONE OF THE ODDEST YET.

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S ROYAL NAVY HAS OFTEN BEEN CALLED UPON TO CARRY OUT UNEXPECTED DUTIES: BUT ON THURSDAY THEY CARRIED OUT ONE OF THE ODDEST YET.THE KENYA GAME DEPARTMENT HAD APPEALED TO THE CAPTAIN OF THE ROYAL NAVY AIRCRAFT-CARRIER "ARK ROYAL FOR ASSISTANCE IN RESCUING THE FEW REMAINING ANTELOPES OF A RARE VARIETY, HUNTER'S HARTEBEEST.

    CAPTAIN POLLOCK OF THE "ARK ROYAL" SAID ON 19 OCTOBER WHEN THE VESSEL DOCKED AT MOMBASA FOR A 10-DAY VISIT, THAT THE ADMIRALTY HAD APPROVED THE USE OF ITS HELICOPTERS SINCE LAND-RESCUE OPERATIONS HAD BEEN HELD UP BY HEAVY RAINS WHICH MADE ROADS IMPOSSIBLE.THE SLOW ROAD TRIP HAD ALSO TAKEN CONSIDERABLE TOLL OF THE ANIMALS MOVED BEFORE THE RAINS CAME.

    ON THURSDAY, TWO STRIPPED-DOWN WESSEX HELICOPTERS FLEW TO VOI AND COLLECTED THREE CRATED ANTELOPES EACH AND FLEW THEM 200 MILES TO TSAVO, A LARGE GAME PARK BETWEEN NAIROBI AND MOMBASA.THEY CONTINUED THIS SHUTTLE-SERVICE ALL DAY AND AT THE END OF THE OPERATION ABOUT 50 HUNTER'S HARTEBEEST HAD BEEN TAKEN TO THEIR NEW HOME.WHEN THE RAINS MOVE TO THE PARK, THE ANTELOPES ARE TO BE RELEASED.

    THE RARE HUNTER'S HAS BEEN THREATENED BY EXTINCTIONS BY POACHERS, AND AS THEE AREA IN WHICH THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN KNOWN IS BEING DEVELOPED INTO A COLOSSAL IRRIGATION SCHEME, THE ANIMALS WERE BEING DRIVEN OUT.IT WAS FEARED THAT THEE BREED WOULD BE TERMINATED UNLESS A NEW BREEDING HERD COULD BE ESTABLISHED IN A PROPERLY-PROTECTED AREA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA23QJM8KFWEA07T788AAOAOIJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA23QJM8KFWEA07T788AAOAOIJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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