• Short Summary

    WORKERS A THE KINGIZIAN ZOOLOGICAL CENTRE IN THE SOVIET UNION HAVE THE DELICATE AND DANGEROUS JOB OF MILKING SNAKES FOR THEIR VENOM.

  • Description

    WORKERS A THE KINGIZIAN ZOOLOGICAL CENTRE IN THE SOVIET UNION HAVE THE DELICATE AND DANGEROUS JOB OF MILKING SNAKES FOR THEIR VENOM.

    FIRST THE REPTILES HAVE TO BE CAUGHT, THE TECHNIQUE OF CAPTURING THEM WITH STICK AND NET IS SIMPLE, BUT IT'S DANGEROUS AND THE MEN WHO HUNT THEM HAVE TO BE SKILLED, AND USE THEIR SKILL WITH CARE.

    THE CAPTURED SNAKES JOIN THE OTHER REPTILES IN THE COLLECTION CENTRE, WHERE THEY ARE KEPT IN CAGES. SVETLANA CHICHKINA IS ONE OF THE YOUNG WOMEN ASSISTANTS WHO HANDLE THE SNAKES WHEN THE TIME COMES TO MILK THEM. AGAIN THE TECHNIQUE IS SIMPLE, BUT HOLDING THE SNAKE'S HEAD CORRECTLY AND GETTING ITS FANGS OVER THE EDGE OF A GLASS CONTAINER NEEDS A GOOD DEAL OF DEXTERITY.

    BUT ALTHOUGH THESE REPTILES CAN KILL, THEIR VENOM IS ALSO VITAL FOR MAKING SERUM THAT IS USED AS AN ANTIDOTE TO SNAKE-BITE, AND IS WIDELY USED IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AND IN THE MANUFACTURE OF SOME DRUGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB1N1YLWPWAX6EEGZGX3T54OR7
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1N1YLWPWAX6EEGZGX3T54OR7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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