• Short Summary

    Footage of animals at London zoo edited to music to comic effect.

  • Description

    A Pro Patria presentation produced by British Instructional Films Ltd.

    Title reads: "Secrets of Nature - the Daily Dozen at the zoo".

    Animals "exercising" at the zoo. A large bear fools around grabbing its feet and folding its arms. Then lying on its back with arms and legs in the air. Another bear jumps up and down on the side of its pool. This is synchronised with music. A goat paws the air and shakes its head to the side. This again is put to music.

    Secretary birds eat eggs then run around their aviary. They spread their wings and skip around to music. Rhinoceros runs around its enclosure to music. C/U of the Rhino. Kangaroos bounce around to accompaniment of "Pop Goes the Weasel". Pelicans "do beak exercises" and prune their feathers. They spread and flap their wings.

    Warthog eats with its front knees bent. Penguins waddle backwards and forwards along the edge of the pool. Sequence edited as if the penguins are doing military exercises. Woolly monkey playing on a rope. Gibbons play in their cage. Spinning around and swinging. Another type of monkey does somersaults repeatedly. This is seen in slow motion.

    Monkeys picking fleas from other monkey's fur.

    Note: very posh and jokey commentary throughout. This film is quite cute and funny but I suppose it might be seen as an illustration of cruelty to animals if a person was anti-zoos.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:41:00 / 01:40:48:00

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