Exercise time for a museum piece. Watched by Mr. Roy Bell at the left, a?
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Background: Exercise time for a museum piece. Watched by Mr. Roy Bell at the left, a member of the Queensland Museum staff brings a living fossil out into the sunlight. It's a rare salamander, from Japan.
He may not be much to look at, but he can trace his ancestors back 30-million years. The Museum changed a Queensland Lung Fish for the Japanese Salamander. Despite his size, the salamander is a docile, defenceless creature. His only disconcerting habit is to snort occasionally and blow bubbles when excited.
He's about half grown and nearly three feet long. His natural environment are the mountain streams of Japan.
On the left is Mr. Mack, the Museum Director, who hopes to wean the salamander off his natural diet of shrimps and feed him steak. Mr. Mack will follow closely the progress of the Museum's pet -- a salamander from Japan.