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    Two of AUSTRALIA's oddest creatures will make a strange air cargo for AMERICA shortly. In?

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    Man looks in the tank
    2 1/2 ft

    Lung fish swimming
    8 ft

    Takes him out in bag
    19 ft

    Great activity, fish waving tail
    24 1/2 ft

    Man in glasses leans over, points down
    27 ft

    CU head or gill
    30 ft

    LS Hand touching flappers, turns him on to back
    33 ft

    CU Tail fin and hands
    37 ft

    Head - breathing in and out
    41 ft

    MS Carries it on bag to box
    45 ft

    LS Fish slides in
    49 1/2 ft

    Label on box reads:

    James R. Record


    Forth Worth,


    Initials STEVENSON:DAVIES:mjf

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Two of AUSTRALIA's oddest creatures will make a strange air cargo for AMERICA shortly. In the BRISBANE Museum attendants are preparing to transport across the Pacific -- QUEENSLAND Lung Fish -- amongst the world's oldest living species. Two of them have been ordered by a TEXAS Acquarium.

    An archaic creature, the lung fish ancestors can be traced back for two-hundred-million years. The fish live and breathe both in and out of water. The initial approach about the fish was made through the Australian Ambassador to AMERICA -- Sir PERCY SPENDER. The lung fish, despite their slippery liveliness, are moving towards extinction. It's clear how two hurt themselves threshing against the sides of their boxes on the way down to BRISBANE.

    The Director of the Museum, Mr. GEORGE MACK, points to the gills which make the fish unique. They function more like the human lung than the gill of a fish. The fins too are unlike ordinary fins. The fish is thought to have once been amphibious, and used its fins for walking on land.

    Hardy and powerful, lung fish are sluggish and covered with a slimy tissue. On the trip to America next week the fish will travel in crates specially sent out from America. They'll be kept in fresh water, and given raw beef to eat during the flight... from QUEENSLAND to a TEXAS Acquarium.

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