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Tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo
Cubs come out to play at Paignton Zoo
News 1973 1 mins Silent
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Two small Bengal tiger cubs born at Paignton Zoo are captured on their first outing since being born. These cubs would have been bred for educational purposes and hybrids of actual Bengal tigers. In the late 70s and early 80s zoos turned their breeding programmes into important conservation work. These two cubs eventually found their way to another zoo and Paignton now has Sumatran tigers.
The Bengal tiger is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. There are 36 species of cat in the world and tigers are the largest with the Bengal being the most common. Tigers are classed as an endangered species with an estimated 2500 left in the wild. Two famously depicted Bengal tigers are Richard Parker from the film Life of Pi (2012) and Shere Khan from the Rudyard Kipling story The Jungle Book with film adaptations (1967 and 2016).
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Comedy 2004 4 mins
Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.
News 1971 5 mins Location: St Keverne
Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall
Children's 1972 52 mins Director: David Eady
Fun-packed comedy for kids, in which a boy befriends a baby elephant – then teams up with his friends to stop it being sold
Amateur film 1967 14 mins Location: Thompson Common
Should you look hard enough, you’ll be amazed at the antics that creatures get up to, says Dorothy Maxey, amateur filmmaker and naturalist.
Amateur film 1954 5 mins Silent Location: Paignton
An intimate family trip is captured in Devon's beautiful South Hams.
News 1970 3 mins Location: Paignton
How are resorts on the English Riviera gearing up for the latest tourist season?
Amateur film 1957 31 mins Silent Location: Paignton
The camera - perhaps wielded by an enthusiastic dad - was ever-present on this family holiday in 1950s Devon
News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Baby Season at Paignton Zoo - meet the new arrivals
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Paignton
Land, Drop and Roll; Parachutists have landed on Paignton Green near the harbour
News 1977 5 mins Location: Paignton
It's a question of Sue: tennis player Sue Barker competes against an American opponent in the Ladies Indoor Tennis BP Cup.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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