• Short Summary

    A CAMERA TEAM RECENTLY ACCOMPANIED A EUROPEAN HUNTING EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF CROCODILE IN THE RIVER KWANGO IN BANDUNDU PROVINCE OF CONGO-KINSHASA.

  • Description

    A CAMERA TEAM RECENTLY ACCOMPANIED A EUROPEAN HUNTING EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF CROCODILE IN THE RIVER KWANGO IN BANDUNDU PROVINCE OF CONGO-KINSHASA. THE EXPEDITION WAS LED BY FREDDY BOLLER, AND THE FILM THAT WAS MADE DURING THE HUNT WILL BE USED TO PUBLICISE M. BOLLER'S BOOK "MGANDU MABE". THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN PARIS RECENTLY AND RECOUNTS M. BOLLER'S NUMEROUS ADVENTURES WHILE HUNTING CROCODILES.

    M. BOLLER, LEADING A BELGIAN-SWISS EXPEDITION ON THIS FILM ,USES A RIFLE FOR CROCODILE HUNTING. SEVERAL METHODS ARE USED, AND ONE OF THE DISADVANTAGES OF USING A GUN IS THE FACT THAT THE CROCODILE WILL SINK QUICKLY IF IN DEEP WATER. ON THIS OCCASION THE CROCODILE WERE IN COMPARATIVELY SHALLOW WATER.

    A POWERFUL LAMP IS USED TO DAZZLE THE REPTILES AS THEY LIE WITH THEIR EYES AND SNOUT JUST EXPOSED ABOVE THE MURKY WATER. AFTER THE SHOT IS FIRED, A MAN WITH A MACHETE HAS THE PERILOUS TASK OF MAKING SURE THE ANIMAL IS DEAD. OFTEN IT IS ONLY STUNNED AND HE MUST STRIKE QUICKLY AND SKILFULLY TO KILL IT.

    CROCODILE HUNTING IS NOT ONLY AN EXCITING SPORT, IT IS A LUCRATIVE PROFESSION. EVEN IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHERE SYNTHETIC FIBRES HAVE OFTEN REPLACED THE NATURAL SKIN, A CROCODILE SKIN IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER. A CROCODILE HANDBAG WILL FETCH AS MUCH AS GBP100.

    BEFORE THE SKIN CAN BE MADE UP, IT MUST BE CAREFULLY PREPARED AND AS SOON AS THE SKIN IS REMOVED IT IS COATED WITH ??? BEFORE BEING CAREFULLY WRAPPED UP FOR SHIPMENT TO THE TANNING FACTORY.

    THE TOUGHNESS OF THE CROCODILE'S HIDE, BELIES ITS SOFT FLESH. AFTER THE HUNT THE HUNTER'S DINE REGALLY ON THE LORD OF THE WATER. THE MEAT IS SAID TO BE VERY GOOD EITHER BARBECUED OR STEWED.

    MR. BOLLER, WHO HAS TO HAVE THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF CONGOLESE PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU FOR HIS HUNTING EXPEDITIONS, HAS HUNTED MORE THAN 15,000 KILOMETRES OF CONGO TRIBUTARIES.

    THERE ARE SO MANY LEGENDS ABOUT CROCODILES THAT NO MAXIMUM LENGTH CAN BE GIVEN, BUT THEY ARE KNOWN TO EXCEED 20 FEET (6.5 METRES) IN LENGTH AND THERE ARE REPORTS OF FAR GREATER LENGTH. THERE ARE 24 KNOWN SPECIES OF THE CROCODILE IN THE WORLD, SPREAD OVER MOST TROPICAL AREAS. THEY ARE THE LARGEST LIVING REPTILES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4F0GZUX0RVR8QTYELTL6H0EUU
    Media URN:
    VLVA4F0GZUX0RVR8QTYELTL6H0EUU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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