Sure, silent movies had plenty of dogs and cats but sometimes the animal co-stars got a bit… larger. Like cows and donkeys and llamas.
Native Bolivians drive their llama herds in Wara Wara, which was filmed on location and is the only known surviving Bolivian silent era production. You have to drive llamas because the silly things are incredibly nosy. The llama has two ears, a heart, a forehead, and a beak for eating honey. (In addition to Star Trek references, you must expect the occasional Monty Python reference.)
Gene Gauntier, screenwriter and leading lady, drives her cow with a leafy branch in You Remember Ellen, which was shot on location in Ireland.
Starlight the Wonder Horse’s big trick is… knocking on doors! He has quite a career as an encyclopedia salesman ahead of him. This is from Where North Holds Sway, a Canadian Mountie picture with a rather gruesome finale.
From the Manger to the Cross was shot on location in Egypt and the Holy Land and here is the family traveling via donkey. (Mary is Gene Gauntier.)
Okay, I said no dogs but the polite dog Pola Negri is annoying in The Polish Dancer is the size of half a camel so that counts, right?
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