• Short Summary

    ON THE TINY GREEK ISLAND OF MYKONOS IN THE AEGEAN SEA, THE FOUR THOUSAND-STRONG POPULATION HAD A PROBLEM, TO FIND A MATE FOR THEIR MASCOT, A PELICAN NAMED PETER.

  • Description

    ON THE TINY GREEK ISLAND OF MYKONOS IN THE AEGEAN SEA, THE FOUR THOUSAND-STRONG POPULATION HAD A PROBLEM, TO FIND A MATE FOR THEIR MASCOT, A PELICAN NAMED PETER. THE SOLUTION CAME FROM 3,000 MILES AWAY, FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, U.S.A, JAMES H. DAVIS, WHO SENT A PAIR, WHICH ARRIVED ON THE ISLAND ON DECEMBER 2.

    PETER ARRIVED ON THE ISLAND FIVE YEARS AGO, BLOWN BY A STORM, TO BECOME THE ONLY PELICAN THE ISLANDERS HAD EVER SEEN. HE SETTLED DOWN ON THE WATERFRONT TO A LIFE OF EASE, WITH PLENTY OF FISH AND TITBITS FROM THE FISHERMEN, A FAVOURITE MODEL FOR TOURISTS' CAMERAS, AND WON FAME AFTER BEING CARESSED BY SUCH VISITORS AS JACQUELINE KENNEDY, WIFE OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT; ELIZABETH TAYLOR, THE ACTRESS, AND PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO. ANXIOUS TO KEEP PETER HAPPY, THE ISLANDERS DECIDED TO FIND HIM A MATE.

    WHEN MAYOR PASSALIDIS LEARNED THAT LOUISIANA WAS CALLED THE PELICAN STATE, HE WROTE TO THE GOVERNOR. THE ARRIVAL OF THE TWO PELICANS, OMEGA, A FEMALE, AND ALPONSE, A MALE PLAYMATE, CALLED FOR A SPECIAL WEDDING CELEBRATION WITH SWEETS FOR THE GUESTS, MUSIC, AND DANCING. WHILE THE PEOPLE OF MYKONOS ARE REASONABLY SURE PETER IS A MALE, THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO LOUISIANA FOR PROVIDING BIRDS OF BOTH SEX, A DOUBLE GUARANTEE OF THE HAPPINESS OF THEIR MASCOT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA313QF2ZN1QN2MCGLAUGY651R
    Media URN:
    VLVAA313QF2ZN1QN2MCGLAUGY651R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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