• Short Summary

    Britain's most exclusive baby cantered and staggered in the sunshine at Whipsnade today.

    Not exactly a?

  • Description


    No available shotlist




    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Britain's most exclusive baby cantered and staggered in the sunshine at Whipsnade today.

    Not exactly a beauty, Bettimoh - that's what the Zoo are thinking of calling her - has reached the headlines largely because she is the first rhinoceros to be born here.

    Both her father, Mohan, and her mother, Mohini, came from Assam; and Bettimoh is short for "daughter of Mohini" in Hindustani.

    She was born in an electrically heated concrete house a week ago. By the time she emerged today she had put on 10 pounds, said 62 year old keeper Albert Rogers. She is two feet high replica of her five feet, three-ton mother. The only difference at present - no sign of a horn. But the wrinkles across her neck and back are identical, even to the comic plus-fours effect on her hind legs.

    The calf is potentially the most valuable Zoo animal in the country. If she can survive the next few months, Mr. E.H.Tong the Whipsnade superintendent, expects her to be worth more than Mohini, who cost GBP2,200.

    Mohini seems to be the perfect mother, but she must not be upset. One careless movement of her ponderous feet could mean death to Bettimoh.

    The calf's arrival was no accident. Only one before has one been born in captivity - in Switzerland last year. Mr Tong studied the methods of the Swiss zoologists and planned a similar event at Whipsnade. Mohan even had hormone treatment.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZDMF4RL2NEA79DPFPSE9MOHH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZDMF4RL2NEA79DPFPSE9MOHH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment