• Short Summary

    LIFE FOR CROCODILES IN THE WEST AFRICAN STATE OF UPPER VOLTA IS ONE BIG FEAST.?

  • Description

    LIFE FOR CROCODILES IN THE WEST AFRICAN STATE OF UPPER VOLTA IS ONE BIG FEAST. THEY ARE REGARDED AS SACRED AND AS A RESULT ARE WELL FED. IN THE VILLAGE OF SABOU, 60 MILES (100 KMS) FROM THE CAPITAL OF OUAGADOUGOU, THE BIG REPTILES OPEN THEIR JAWS TO DAILY OFFERINGS OF LIVE CHICKENS AND COATS AND OTHER DOMESTIC ANIMALS.

    THE CROCODILES ARE TREATED AS GODS BY THE VILLAGERS, WHO BELIEVE THAT TO KILL ONE WILL MEAN DEATH FOR ONE OF THEMSELVES. MISSIONARIES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY THE SUPERSTITION, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN OPPOSED BY NOT ONLY THE VILLAGERS BUT THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF.

    SO THE 'CROCS' LEAD A WELL-FED EXISTENCE, GORGING THEMSELVES ON DAILY OFFERINGS FROM THE VILLAGERS. 300 OF THEM LIVE IN THE POND, BUT ONLY FIVE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GENEROSITY -- THE OTHERS BEING CONTENT WITH FISH WHO SHARE THEIR HOME.

    SABOU IS NOW A WEEKEND TOURIST ATTRACTION -- WHICH HAS BROUGHT BOOM TIMES FOR BOTH THE VILLAGERS AND THE CROCODILES. THE VILLAGERS MAKE A FAT PROFIT SELLING BAIT TO THE VISITORS, WHILE THE CROCODILES MAKE AN EQUALLY FAT PROFIT THROUGH THEIR STOMACHS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2IS15PAYE4VRP0C4THRVKTPDS
    Media URN:
    VLVA2IS15PAYE4VRP0C4THRVKTPDS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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