• Short Summary

    RECENTLY, AT ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA, AN AFRICAN LION, BEING USED IN A PUBLICITY STUNT MARKING THE OPENING OF A CHAIN STORE, SUDDENLY TURNED WILD AND BIT A WOMAN WHO HAD ENTERED THE CAGE TO PROVE HOW GENTLE THE BEAST WAS.

  • Description

    RECENTLY, AT ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA, AN AFRICAN LION, BEING USED IN A PUBLICITY STUNT MARKING THE OPENING OF A CHAIN STORE, SUDDENLY TURNED WILD AND BIT A WOMAN WHO HAD ENTERED THE CAGE TO PROVE HOW GENTLE THE BEAST WAS.

    THE TRAINER OF THE LION, MR. M. SOLOMON, HAD BEEN DEMONSTRATING TO A LARGE AUDIENCE JUST HOW GENTLE THE ANIMAL COULD BE. HE DANCED WITH IT, WRESTLED WITH IT, AND EVEN PLACED HIS HEAD INSIDE THE LION'S MOUTH. TO THE AUDIENCE, WATCHING OUTSIDE THE CAGE, THE ANIMAL SEEMED TO BE NO MORE DANGEROUS THAN A DOMESTIC CAT. THEN 26-YEAR-OLD MRS. K. GENTRY, AN ASSISTANT IN THE STORE WHICH EMPLOYED SOLOMON AND HIS LION, CAESAR, FOR THE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY, ENTERED THE CAGE. SHE POSED WITH THE LION FOR CAMERAMEN, AND ALL SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL
    SUDDENLY, WITHOUT WARNING, THE LION'S PAW GRIPPED MRS. GENTRY'S LEG, HE PULLED HER TO THE GROUND, AND HIS JAWS LOCKED ROUND HER LEFT CALF. SO UNFORSEEN WAS THE EVENT THAT NO IMPLEMENTS WERE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE TO PRICE THE LION FROM THE WOMAN. THE HORRIFIED AUDIENCE NEARLY PANICKED.

    FINALLY SOMEONE TOSSED A BOTTLE OF AMMONIA, KEPT OUTSIDE THE CAGE FOR SUCH AN EVENT, INTO THE LION'S FACE AND IT RELEASED MRS. GENTRY. UNCONSCIOUS, SUFFERING FROM SEVERE SHOCK, SHE WAS CARRIED FROM THE CAGE AND RUSHED TO HOSPITAL. A HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN DESCRIBED HER CONDITIONS AS BEING GENERALLY GOOD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVANIS41YFADISA7XHKHKJ13P96
    Media URN:
    VLVANIS41YFADISA7XHKHKJ13P96
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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