• Short Summary

    A touching item about a woman who has reared a litter of abandoned rabbits by hand.

  • Description

    Lower Dicker, Hellingly, Sussex.

    Exterior. M/S of the back door of a country cottage. A middle aged woman wearing an apron, Mrs. Juanita Deschamps, walks out carrying a small saucepan and a milk jug. She walks over to a trestle table where she places the pan. C/U of a row of doll-sized baby bottles on the table. She takes one bottle and fills it with milk from the jug. C/U of Juanita filling the tiny bottle. C/U of the table as Juanita fits a teat to the end of the bottle and picks up the next bottle. M/S of Juanita filling a bottle before holding it up as if she were calling someone to come and fetch it.

    C/U of a hutch full of young brown 'Flemish Giant' rabbits wriggling around. Juanita has reared the six week old rabbits since they were rejected by their mother at birth. M/S of another woman, Mrs. Carol Shorter, in front of the hutch which is mounted on a table covered with a flowery tablecloth. Next to the chair is a dining room chair. They are both standing in Juanita's back garden. Juanita enters and is passed one of the rabbits by Carol. Juanita sits on the chair and feeds the rabbit. C/U of the very cute baby rabbit on Juanita's lap sucking the bottle which is filled with a mixture of milk and baby food. C/U of Carol holding one of the rabbits up to her face. C/U of the rabbit wiggling its nose and licking its lips. C/U of the rabbits playing in the hutch. M/S of Carol placing the rabbit she is feeding on the roof of the hut. C/U of the rabbit drinking from the bottle. C/U of the rabbits in the hutch. C/U of a rabbit hopping along the roof of the hutch holding a bottle in its mouth. The narrator explains that when the rabbits were first born they had four bottles a day but now they are older they only have one. The narrator says in a very poor west country accent, "and then to quote this chap - milks all right for babies but I'm a man now"!

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:45:00 / 01:28:52:00
    CP 172

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