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Mr Delaware and the Boxing Kangaroo  (1895)

Also known as: Das Boxende Känguruh
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Premiering at the first public projection of motion pictures in Germany, Das Boxende Känguruh is one of the earliest examples of animal behaviour on screen.

A groundbreaking production, the captive marsupial is recorded boxing against Mr Delaware and, despite being intended for entertainment rather than as a scientific behaviour study, it revealed animal actions in a way that had never been seen before.

The contest, recorded by Max Skladanowsky against a white background at the Circus Busch, was a huge success and exposed the potential for future films concerning wildlife and natural history.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: British Film Institute (BFI)

Film credits

Photography: Max Skladanowsky
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