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Whipsnade Zoological Park

The Cox family, from Warwickshire, visit Whipsnade Zoo where they commune with a parrot. Once home, their beloved dog, Smut, is given a bath in the garden.

Amateur film 1936 4 mins Silent

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Smut, a terrier seen enjoying life on Welsh beaches in various Cox family films, is here given a bath in a tub in the garden, prior to which his owners are shot with a parrot at Whipsnade Zoo. Mr and Mrs Cox's son, Harold, a keen amateur film-maker is doing the filming, recording the zoo's animals and people riding on an elephant - evidence of the rather different attitude to zoo animals at the time. The Warwickshire family regularly visited Dyffryn Ardudwy, where Harold and his brother had neighbouring holiday/retirement bungalows.