• Short Summary

    Touching tale of a seal who escapes from his zoo enclosure to visit his new baby daughter.

  • Description

    Chessington Zoo, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.

    Exterior. M/S of a mother seal and her baby on a man-made rock within a zoo enclosure. The mother catches a fish in her mouth thrown for her by a zookeeper out of shot. The baby, named Liz is seven months old and was christened by the actress, Elizabeth Seal.

    M/S of a seal struggling to climb over a wire fence in another enclosure. A panning shot follows the seal as he gets over the fence, eats a fish and lollops down the visitors pathway to get to the enclosure of the mother and baby. He climbs over the fence and slithers into the pool.

    M/S of the mother and baby still on the rock. The baby seal jumps from the rock into the pool to meet the trespassing seal, her father. C/U of the father and daughter frolicking in the pool. The narrator explains "the reason for his ingenuity - a wife and delightful offspring in the adjoining pool".

    M/S of the keeper standing on a rock throwing fish from a bucket for the family of seals. Various shots of the seals swimming and jumping for fish. C/U of the head keeper, Ernest Engler throwing fish from the perimeter fence of the enclosure. The narrator explains that Ernest "turns a blind eye" to the father seal's antics and even includes an extra ration of fish for the visiting seal. M/S of the seals catching fish. C/U of one of the adult seals catching a fish. Various M/S of the seals playing and Ernest throwing fish. Gory C/U of the contents of Ernest's bucket - dead fish! Comic M/S of mother and baby sitting on the rock - the baby appears to be scratching her head. The narrator jokes "Dad's constant appearing and disappearing seem to have junior scratching his head in bewilderment".

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:00:00 / 01:58:01:00
    CP 175

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