• Short Summary

    ON THE EDGE OF ADEN'S ARAB FRONTIER TOWN OF SHEIKH OTHMAN, BETWEEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BRITISH PARACHUTE REGIMENT AND THE SEA, LIES ADEN'S ONLY ZOO.

  • Description

    ON THE EDGE OF ADEN'S ARAB FRONTIER TOWN OF SHEIKH OTHMAN, BETWEEN THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE BRITISH PARACHUTE REGIMENT AND THE SEA, LIES ADEN'S ONLY ZOO. BUT THE PARAS WHO RECENTLY INSPECTED THE ANIMALS THERE FOUND THEM IN POOR CONDITION. SOME WERE STARVING AND MANY WERE BADLY SHOCKED BY THE GUNFIRE WHICH ECHOES AROUND THE AREA AS PARAS CLASH WITH ARAB EXTREMISTS IN SHEIKH OTHMAN.

    AT LEAST TWO OF THE ZOO'S INMATES HAVE ESCAPED, THE PARAS FOUND. THE MISSING PAIR ARE A PUMA AND A PYTHON. BUT THOSE LEFT BEHIND ARE NOT IN VERY GOOD SHAPE.

    THE PARAS TOOK WITH THEM ANIMAL EXPERT CORPORAL DAVID CROCOMBE, WHO INSPECTED THE ZOO'S POPULATION AND REPORTED ON THEIR CONDITION.

    HE FOUND MANY OF THE ANIMALS WERE SUFFERING FROM SHELL-SHOCK. THE LIONS ARE SUFFERING FROM A SHORTAGE OF MEAT, A JACKAL HAS GONE MAD, THE HYENA IS DYING, THE BABOONS URGENTLY NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION AND THE GIANT TURTLE IS SHORT OF WATER. BEARS, CHEETAHS, LIONS AND OSTRICHES ARE THIN FROM LACK OF NOURISHMENT.

    ONLY THE HORSES AND SNAKES ARE THRIVING, BUT THE REST FACE A BLEAK OUTLOOK. NO VISITORS GO TO THE ZOO THESE DAYS BECAUSE OF DANGERS IN CROSSING THE SHEIKH OTHMAN DISTRICT, AND FOR MANY OF THE ANIMALS THE ONLY HOPE LIES WITH THE PARAS WHO HAVE SAID THEY WILL TAKE WHAT FOOD THEY CAN SPARE INTO THE ZOO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSTADEDQAW0VPU82Y9CCY8K8Q
    Media URN:
    VLVADSTADEDQAW0VPU82Y9CCY8K8Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1967
    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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