• Short Summary

    SWARMS OF LEMMINGS - SMALL BROWN RODENTS - HAVE SCURRIED DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND INVADED THE LOWLANDS OF CENTRAL SWEDEN.

  • Description

    1.
    CU LEMMING IN GRASS.
    0.07

    2.
    GV LEMMINGS FEED IN GRASS.
    0.09

    3.
    GV ANOTHER LEMMING.
    0.12

    4.
    SV LEMMINGS AWAY FROM CAMERA.
    0.15

    5.
    GV LEMMINGS PAST CAMERA.
    0.26

    6.
    GV'S... FARMER WALKS UP STEPS TO HOUSE.
    0.35

    7.
    LV LEMMINGS AWAY FROM CAMERA.
    0.40



    Initials PGR/S/MGT/LW



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SWARMS OF LEMMINGS - SMALL BROWN RODENTS - HAVE SCURRIED DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND INVADED THE LOWLANDS OF CENTRAL SWEDEN. MILLIONS OF THEM ARE REPORTED TO HAVE INVADED THE PROVINCIAL CITY OF OESTERSUND AND NEARBY FARMS.

    LEMMINGS, REPORTED TO BE "DEATH-WISH" CREATURES WHO DROWN THEMSELVES BY THE MILLIONS, ARE MEETING AN EARLIER DEATH UNDER WHEELS OF MOTORISTS ON CITY AND RURAL ROADS.

    AT LEAST SEVEN MILLION LEMMINGS, ROUGHLY EQUAL TO SWEDEN'S HUMAN POPULATION, ARE SAID TO MASSING IN ONE AREA ALONE OF THE LOWLANDS. NORMALLY, THE GUINEA PIG-TYPE RODENTS LIVE IN THE MOUNTAIN RANGE OF THE SCANDINAVIAN PENINSULA.

    WHEN COLONIES MULTIPLY BEYOND A CERTAIN SIZE, THE ANIMALS TEND TO EXPAND IN THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THERE ARE FEWER LEMMINGS, THAT IS, TOWARD THE SEA. WHERE A POINT OF LAND EXTENDS TO THE SEA OR LAKE, THEY WILL KEEP ON GOING UNTIL THEY DROWN.

    HEALTH AUTHORITIES HAVE WARNED AGAINST DRINKING UNSOILED RIVER OR WELL WATERS BECAUSE LEMMINGS MAY HAVE DROWNED IN THEM AND CAUSED POLLUTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4AIVI0W244WBCJROCHGJPMJGT
    Media URN:
    VLVA4AIVI0W244WBCJROCHGJPMJGT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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