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National Programme Daventry

The B.B.C. Dance Orchestra

Directed by Henry Hall
(All Nationals except Daventry)

5.15 Daventry
The Children's Hour
'The Zoo Man' will conduct a tour round the London Zoo
The quality that makes the Zoo Man's talks so enchanting to children is his power to see animals almost as human beings. He himself is thrilled just now with yet another pet, for Diana, the Pigmy Hippopotamus, has just presented the Zoo with a tiny calf. Diana came from West Africa in 1913, when she was believed to be ten or more years of age; so she is now quite an old lady. He well remembers her first calf and how excited they all were at the Zoo when they knew of its arrival.
It was born early one morning and, in the evening, they decided to allow Diana to go into her warmed pool and to take her tiny baby with her if she felt so inclined. They sat up in the Hippo house until very late that night and watched. Out of her den came Diana, the baby following close at her heels, though only a few hours old. Into the water she plunged, while the babe stood undecided on the brink. She came to the edge and coaxed it, and presently, its mind made up, it too made a plunge. It had never seen water before, but proved to be able to swim like a fish.
Wouldn't you all like to be the Zoo Man? Certainly the next best thing is to go with him on a microphone tour round the Zoo this afternoon.

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