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    Baby elephant, Gigi, is trained by Penny Smart at Winkfield and Windsor Zoo, Berkshire.

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    Billy Smart's Circus Training Quarters at Winkfield and Windsor Zoo, Berkshire.

    C/U looking down on a girl, Penny Smart (granddaughter of Billy), lying on her back on the ground; camera zooms in to extreme C/U of her face. C/U of an adult elephant being led along by a man. M/S as the elephant being led to Penny who is lying down on a mat, wearing a pink jumper, tiny blue tutu fishnet tights and white stilettos. The elephant, Birma, lifts her left leg which Penny pushes away, then her right leg which Penny takes hold of and holds above her head.

    Commentator tells us this dangerous trick is part of an act Penny does with Birma, and the practise is part of the special instruction being given to baby Gigi who is still learning the business. Gigi, a very cute baby elephant, is led on by another man and Penny gets up to greet her. Nice C/U of some small boys watching. M/Ss and C/Us as Penny and the first man start to train Gigi, coaxing her into lifting her leg.

    M/S and C/U of a young boy putting some eggs on another mat on the ground. M/S of the man feeding Birma and Gigi - looks like a bun. C/U of a sleepy baby in a pram holding a toy elephant; commentator says "Lending a bit of moral support at least, is another youngster with circus in the blood - Billy Smart's first great grandson".

    M/Ss and C/Us of Penny and the first man coaxing Gigi towards the egg mat, and getting her to hold her leg over the eggs. C/U of the small boys watching again. M/S of the second man blowing up some balloons. M/S as a red balloon is placed under Gigi's foot. C/Us of the sleepy Smart baby and of Gigi's foot resting on the balloon.

    Note: Cute or a bit unpleasant, depending on your point of view! There is a full page news article from The Sunday Pictorial on file about Penny and Gigi.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:52:06:00 / 01:54:12:00
    CP 311

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