Milton and Matilda -- the musk oxen President Nixon promised to the People's Republic of China during his historic visit earlier this year-left San Francisco Zoo for Peking on Thursday (April 6).
GV Entrance to San Francisco Zoo
SV Crate PAN TO musk ox walking
CU Sign on crate-Musk ox Male USA to China
CU Musk ox moving
SV Girl photographer
SV Musk ox meeting press
SV Musk ox licks girl photographer's face
SV Musk ox led into crate (2 shots)
SV Crate onto truck (2 shots)
SV Bales of fodder loaded
SV Truck away
Initials BB/1705 BF/PW/BB/1700
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Background: Milton and Matilda -- the musk oxen President Nixon promised to the People's Republic of China during his historic visit earlier this year-left San Francisco Zoo for Peking on Thursday (April 6).
They were accompanied by Dr. Theodore Reed, Director of the National Zoological Park in Washington D.C., and himself a veterinarian. The musk ox is an ancient species--a contemporary of the mammoths and the woolly rhinoceros. A million years ago, it roamed Eurasia, from Siberia to England. Today it is rare and a protected animal.
The musk ox has a long shaggy outer coat of chocolate brown hair that nearly reaches the ground, and a fine dense underwool--one of the world' s beast natural fibres--which resists cold and damp.
SYNOPSIS: At San Francisco on Thursday--the start of a long journey for Milton, the baby musk ox. He's one of a pair of the rare animals being shipped to Peking, in the People's Republic of China; a gift from the People of the United States.
Despite its name the musk ox does not really belong to the cattle family. It has more the characteristics of the goat and antelope....
But it knows a pretty face when it sees one.....
Milton is only nine months old. Full-grown, he'll be four feet across the shoulders and weight anything up to nine-hundred pounds. He's a rare survivor of a species that one million years ago roamed from Siberia to England--in vast numbers.
Young Milton was accompanied on the flight to Peking by Matilda, a female of 21 months. Their shipment to Peking fulfils a promise made by President Nixon during his recent historic visit to the Chinese People's Republic....