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    Australian conservationist groups are trying to protect the native alligator, a species that is threatened with extinction in the country's rivers and swamps.

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    Australian conservationist groups are trying to protect the native alligator, a species that is threatened with extinction in the country's rivers and swamps.

    At Gosford, New South Wales, several dozen alligators are being kept and bred at a reptile park. The main problem for the park officials is feeding time.

    The alligators are kept in almost natural surroundings and feeding time is one of the highlights of their day. But it isn't easy for the keepers who come down to the small beach near this lake. The alligators seem to enjoy the prospect of live human feet as much as the dead fish in their food buckets.

    One keeper, Jack Green, has got the job of feeding down to a fine art. He makes his way to the beach and then puts professional dancers to shame as he nimbly steps between the alligators and throws them fish.

    Green did some sunbathing on the alligator beach recently for a publicity stunt. But the alligators thought that it was feeding time again -- and Green had to hurriedly retreat.

    The animals aren't too choosy about what they eat but the carefully selected fish and meat dinners make sure that they are kept in the best of health.

    Alligators and their close relations, crocodiles, have long been hunted for their skins. They have joined with other animals in adorning fashionable shoes and handbags, and are now a threatened species.

    Conservationists hope that farms like the one at Gosford will help the alligators to increase their numbers and return to their familiar surroundings in the swamps. In the meantime, Jack Green is wishing that his charges would just drop off to sleep occasionally so that he can deliver the food without having to go through his nimble dance-step routines.

    SYNOPSIS: Feeding time on one of Australia's alligator farms calls for some very nimble footwork from the keepers.

    The farms have been established to try and conserve Australia's dwindling number of alligators. Several dozen of them are being bred at a reptile park in Gosford, New South Wales. They live in almost natural surroundings and feeding time is one of the highlights of their day. But it isn't easy for the keepers who come down to the small beach near the lake as the alligators seem to enjoy the prospect of eating live human feet as much as the dead fish in their food buckets.

    The animals are kept in the best of health with their carefully selected diet.

    And that's why the keepers need to be so nimble-footed. One of them has go it down to a fine art. Jack Green makes his way to the beach and then puts professional dancers to shame as he nimbly steps between the alligators, throwing fish to them.

    Green did some sunbathing on the alligator's beach recently for a publicity stunt. But the alligators thought that it was feeding time again and Green had to hurriedly retreat.

    The alligators have long been hunted for their skins and re now threatened with extinction. Conservationists hope that the farms like Gosford will help the alligators to increase their numbers. In the meantime, Jack Green keeps up his dance-step routines.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA66Z9HBLTYEH9B3SUQ0GKPY1RY
    Media URN:
    VLVA66Z9HBLTYEH9B3SUQ0GKPY1RY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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