• Short Summary

    ON THE TINY GREEK ISLAND OF MYKONOS IN THE AEGEAN SEA, THE FOUR THOUSAND-STRONG POPULATION HAD A PROBLEM, TO FIND A MATE FOR THEIR MASCOT, A PELICAN NAMED PETER.

  • Description

    1.
    CU. PELICAN ON QUAY-SIDE WAITING FOR FRIENDS.
    0.04

    2.
    SV. REAR VIEW DITTO.
    0.07

    3.
    BCU. PETER THE PELICAN.
    0.10

    4.
    SV. PETER WITH LOCAL MAN STROKING HIS HEAD.
    0.15

    5.
    SV. LOCAL BAND HEADS PROCESSION BRINGING THE OTHER TWO PELICANS.
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    6.
    SV. THE OTHER TWO PELICANS IN PROCESSION.
    0.24

    7.
    CU. PELICAN.
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    8.
    LTV. PELICAN SURROUNDED BY CROWD.
    0.31

    9.
    SV. THE THREE PELICANS.
    0.33

    10.
    SV. PEOPLE ROUND FOR HANDING OVER CEREMONY.
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    11.
    SV. PETER AND HIS TWO FRIENDS ON QUAYSIDE.
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    12.
    SV. PELICAN FLAPS WINGS.
    0.45

    13.
    CU. PELICAN.
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    14.
    SV. TWO PELICANS.
    0.52

    15.
    LV. CROWD WATCH THE THREE PELICANS.
    0.55



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    Background: ON THE TINY GREEK ISLAND OF MYKONOS IN THE AEGEAN SEA, THE FOUR THOUSAND-STRONG POPULATION HAD A PROBLEM, TO FIND A MATE FOR THEIR MASCOT, A PELICAN NAMED PETER. THE SOLUTION CAME FROM 3,000 MILES AWAY, FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA, U.S.A, JAMES H. DAVIS, WHO SENT A PAIR, WHICH ARRIVED ON THE ISLAND ON DECEMBER 2.

    PETER ARRIVED ON THE ISLAND FIVE YEARS AGO, BLOWN BY A STORM, TO BECOME THE ONLY PELICAN THE ISLANDERS HAD EVER SEEN. HE SETTLED DOWN ON THE WATERFRONT TO A LIFE OF EASE, WITH PLENTY OF FISH AND TITBITS FROM THE FISHERMEN, A FAVOURITE MODEL FOR TOURISTS' CAMERAS, AND WON FAME AFTER BEING CARESSED BY SUCH VISITORS AS JACQUELINE KENNEDY, WIFE OF THE U.S. PRESIDENT; ELIZABETH TAYLOR, THE ACTRESS, AND PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO. ANXIOUS TO KEEP PETER HAPPY, THE ISLANDERS DECIDED TO FIND HIM A MATE.

    WHEN MAYOR PASSALIDIS LEARNED THAT LOUISIANA WAS CALLED THE PELICAN STATE, HE WROTE TO THE GOVERNOR. THE ARRIVAL OF THE TWO PELICANS, OMEGA, A FEMALE, AND ALPONSE, A MALE PLAYMATE, CALLED FOR A SPECIAL WEDDING CELEBRATION WITH SWEETS FOR THE GUESTS, MUSIC, AND DANCING. WHILE THE PEOPLE OF MYKONOS ARE REASONABLY SURE PETER IS A MALE, THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO LOUISIANA FOR PROVIDING BIRDS OF BOTH SEX, A DOUBLE GUARANTEE OF THE HAPPINESS OF THEIR MASCOT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA313QF2ZN1QN2MCGLAUGY651R
    Media URN:
    VLVAA313QF2ZN1QN2MCGLAUGY651R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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