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Who's Zoo at Belle Vue

Meet Larry the Llama and Joey the Boxing Chimp from Belle Vue Zoo. But what is The Clutching Hand? Find out more...

Amateur film 1948 16 mins Silent

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Beware The Clutching Hand! Discover more, and meet Larry the Llama and Joey the Boxing Chimp - just two of the assortment of animal characters featured in this entertaining colour film shot at the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in Manchester. People and animals alike enjoy the sunshine, while children take a ride on an elephant and watch Joey the Boxing Chimp - somewhat discomfiting viewing from a modern animal welfare perspective. Still, this is a delightful record of family leisure time in austerity Britain.