• Short Summary

    AT HER RANCH HOME OVERLOOKING LAKE NAIVASHA, KENYA, THE MARCHESA FRANCESCO BISLETTI KEEPS FIVE LIONS AND TWO LEOPARDS.

  • Description


    LION CUBS IN GRASS; WOMAN CALLS CUBS (SOF); WOMAN PLAYS WITH CUBS AND SPEAKS (SOF); CUB LICKS WOMAN'S FACE; CUBS PLAY; WOMAN'S HAND IN CUB'S MOUTH; CUB CHEWS STICK; THREE-LEGGED DOG WITH LION CUB; CUB CHASES CATTLE (SOF THROUGHOUT)



    THE MARCHESA SAID:



    "I'VE GOT COMPLETE CONFIDENCE. MAYBE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK I'VE GOT TOO MUCH CONFIDENCE, BUT WITH THESE THREE I HAVEN'T BEEN AFRAID FOR ONE SECOND. I'VE NEVER BEEN AFRAID WITH THE MOTHER. I CAN'T SAY I'VE BEEN AFRAID WITH THE FATHER. BUT I'M A BIT CAREFUL WITH HIM BECAUSE HE'S MORE TEMPERAMENTAL THAN THE OTHER LIONS. THESE THREE BABIES, WHICH ...THEY'RE CALLED BABIES... I'VE GOT ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE WITH. I CAN GO WITH THEM INTO THE BUILDING, FOLLOW THEM INTO THEIR TUNNELS, LIE DOWN WITH THEM, GO TO SLEEP -- EVERYTHING. NO FEAR WHATSOEVER... (SILENT GAP)... SIRTI IS ELEVEN MONTHS OLD, ALMOST A YEAR OLD, AND HE IS PERFECT. I'M AFRAID WHEN HE IS ABOUT TWO YEARS OLD IT WILL BE A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS AND HE'LL TRY MAYBE TO KILL. BUT WE STILL HAVE GOT ABOUT A YEAR TO GO BEFORE IT GETS DANGEROUS."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AT HER RANCH HOME OVERLOOKING LAKE NAIVASHA, KENYA, THE MARCHESA FRANCESCO BISLETTI KEEPS FIVE LIONS AND TWO LEOPARDS. IT ALL STARTED SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS PRESENTED WITH A LION CUB. NOW THE PARENT LIONS -- THE ANIMALS WHICH STARRED IN THE FILM VERSION OF JOY ADAMSON'S "BORN FREE" -- ARE HAPPY IN A LANDSCAPED ENCLOSURE, AND THE MARCHESA KEEPS THE CUBS AS PETS.

    THOUGH THE MARCHESA DOES NOT CONSIDER HER PETS DANGEROUS TO HUMANS -- THEY EVEN WATCH TELEVISION IN THE EVENINGS -- THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ROAM AT LARGE AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF HEAD OF CATTLE ON THE RANCH.

    DESPITE HER CONFIDENCE OUR CAMERAMAN'S TROUSERS WERE TORN AND HE HAD TO HAVE SEVERAL INJECTIONS AFTER ON THE CUBS CHEWED HIS LEG. THE MARCHESA PLAYS WITH THE THREE CUBS, SITRI, SONIA AND SHEILA WITHOUT A TRACE OF FEAR, THOUGH SHE ADMITS THAT IT WILL PROBABLY BE MORE DANGEROUS IN A YEAR'S TIME.

    THE MARCHESA PLANS TO RELEASE HER LION FAMILY IN THE NORTHERN FRONTIER DISTRICT WHEN THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO FEED FOR THEMSELVES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8B75L4TKECQLEVTHFOX9Y8I3I
    Media URN:
    VLVA8B75L4TKECQLEVTHFOX9Y8I3I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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