Blue Peter and Lulu The Elephant Causes Chaos, John Noakes

Blue Peter and Biddy Baxter, editor of the show in the 1960s and 70s, told Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “Lulu was a baby elephant of enormous strength and Smithy, her keeper, was a tiny, rotund gentleman.

“It all went pear-shaped because they gave her water. First of all she urinated, which melted the floor paint and made it like an ice rink, and on top of that she defecated, and Smithy was so upset.”

The elephant then dragged her handler through her mess, described as the coup de grace by Ms Baxter, 80.

The Blue Peter Presenters are John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves

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Ostrich Chases Down Cyclists in South Africa – Video

Ostrich – what a bird!
The flightless ostrich is the world’s largest bird.
They have three stomachs.
Unlike all other living birds, they secrete urine separately from faeces.
Ostriches are the fast runners of any birds or other two-legged animal and can sprint at over 70 km/hr, covering up to 5m in a single stride.
Their running is aided by having just two toes on each foot, with the large nail on the larger.
Their wings reach a span of about 2 metres and are used in mating displays, to shade chicks, to cover the naked skin of the upper legs and flanks to conserve heat, and as “rudders” to help them change direction while running.
When threatened ostriches run although their powerful, long legs can be formidable weapons, capable of killing a human or a potential predator like a lion with a forward kick.
Ostriches usually spend the winter months in pairs or alone and during breeding season and sometimes during extreme rainless periods they live in nomadic ‘herds’ of five to 50 birds led by a top hen.
Territorial fights between males for a harem of two to seven females usually last just minutes, but they can easily cause death through slamming their heads into opponents.
Ostriches perform a complex mating ritual consisting of the cock alternating wing beats until he attracts a mate, when they will go to the mating area and he will drive away all intruders. They graze until their behaviour is synchronized, then the feeding becomes secondary and the process takes on a ritualistic appearance. The cock will then excitedly flap alternate wings again, and start poking on the ground with his bill. He will then violently flap his wings to symbolically clear out a nest in the dirt. Then, while the hen runs circle around him with lowered wings, he will wind his head in a spiral motion. She will drop to the ground and he will mount for copulation.

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