More lions on the run

I always enjoy the magazine and your April edition brought back memories when I read the article on the escaped circus lions in Adelaide. Believe it or not, that was not the first time an incident of lions escaping had occurred.

In 1954, such an event happened to Wirth’s Circus in Coffs Harbour and I wrote about my own experience in a book which was later published. I was a voluntary enlisted member of the local Citizen Military Forces (CMF) and all available members were called out to assist police in containing the animals.

Just thought you might be interested in a little bit of Australian history which seems to have slipped under the radar. Fortunately in this case no lions were destroyed as all five were eventually caged.

Barry Harrison, via email

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