Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lions & Tigers & Bears, or Maybe Not

Maybe it was Lion and then another Lion and then Elephant, and I think there was a camel and maybe a rhinoceros, and eventually more.

On this date in 1716, the first "real live lion" was exhibited in Boston. Those were the days before zoos, when exotic animals were exhibited in a menagerie. That practice was started in France where a menagerie was defined as an "establishment of luxury and curiosity."

It was rare for exotic animals to be exhibited in those days. Now it is rare for a city in America not to have lions on exhibit.

vicki'sblog liononexhibit

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