• Short Summary

    In the Paktin Village of the Shatin District -- a farmland area which divides Kowloon from China -- a farmer carries out a practice which is quite common among Hong Kong pig-breeders: the use of monkeys to take care of the pigs.

  • Description

    In the Paktin Village of the Shatin District -- a farmland area which divides Kowloon from China -- a farmer carries out a practice which is quite common among Hong Kong pig-breeders: the use of monkeys to take care of the pigs. Some believe that the monkeys keep evil spirits away from the pigs -- others, however, take the more practical attitude that the monkeys torment the pigs, keep them awake so that they concentrate on eating and get fatter.

    The monkeys apparently need very little training -- they are taught a few tricks and then put into the pens with the pigs and left to carry out their duties, which they seem to take on with great zeal.

    Another practical aspect of the novel form of pig-keeping, is that the monkeys get on the pigs' backs and keep them clean by catching fleas.

    But eating is the main object of the operation -- a restless pig eats, a fatter pig is more valuable, a more valuable pig brings a better price at the market.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2YLVFZ3ZFPJL8RX1RMRBYDJ6V
    Media URN:
    VLVA2YLVFZ3ZFPJL8RX1RMRBYDJ6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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