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Bristol Lion Attacks
Episode 2131st May 2021 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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On the afternoon of the 15th, between 4 and 5pm, Joseph Kiddle was left alone in charge when a group of visitors arrived to see the animals. He showed them around but, to their disappointment, the lion was asleep in the farthest corner of its den.

The sightseers had paid money in order to see wild animals “being wild”, and so it fell to the hapless assistant keeper to oblige them. They ended up getting more than they bargained for.


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Bristol Mercury - Monday 19 February 1827

Western Daily Press - Wednesday 20 July 1932

The Combat Between the Lion Nero & the Dogs. Warwick : Sharpe, Printer 1825

Cornishman - Thursday 21 April 1932

Bristol Mercury - Saturday 16 July 1836

Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 26 March 1932

West London Observer - Friday 22 April 1932

Secret Coventry By David McGory

Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 26 July 1902


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