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    Educational film about camouflage in the animal kingdom - various species featured.

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    Pro Patria presentation. Produced by British Instructional Films Ltd.

    Film illustrating camouflage techniques of various animals. Echidna is shown burrowing into the ground. The Echidna's is held by the arm to show its claws and nose. Racoons adopt camouflage to hide from enemies. Giraffes blend in with trees. Tiger gliding "almost unseen" through grasses. Lion tones with African undergrowth. Zebras running across the plains. Horses depend on speed to escape predators. Lambs. Baby mountain goats.

    Wallabies - baby sits in mother's pouch. Jumps away to safety. Rabbit with young. Baby magpie held in the hands. Magpie's nest. A smaller bird nest - mother always on the look out for danger. Woodpecker tapping tree trunk. Part of the bark is taken away to show where the eggs have been laid. The birds stay in the nest and are fed from outside. Tree creeper young do not emerge from the nest until they can creep. Shearwater (?) nest in an old rabbit burrow. A man pulls a shearwater out and then the baby shearwater. Water hen baby climbing up a nest. Baby pheasants and grouse with camouflaged feathers. Because grouse nest is very exposed they have to be able to run almost as soon as they are hatched. Full grown grouse is also camouflaged.

    Chameleon sticks out tongue to catch flies from a branch held by someone off screen. Caterpillars munch on leaves. Particular type of caterpillar (privet hawkmoth?). Lobster Moth caterpillar looks like a leaf. Copying fierce animals is a technique used by defenceless ones. For example the beehawk moth - has stripes to imitate a bee. Bee and moth feeding to show their different techniques. Loofah caterpillar contrives to look like a piece of stick. Lots of caterpillars seeking "safety in hiding" on a branch.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:02:00 / 01:48:56:00

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