Here is the fifteenth weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random titbits of animal history from the British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive) on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s) - although, I have to admit, because it's school holidays, this week I posted multiple tweets on the same day to condense the workload!
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
From The Telegraph
11th April 1914
Many of the animals at London Zoo received Easter eggs from the keepers... and they didn't even have to hunt for them!
This week's #AHD offerings: theatrical animal skins, an escapee bear, glanders in Liverpool, a shooting accident, a savage tapir, a gluttonous elephant and an anthrax scare
9th April: 1871: R. Hopewell, Covent Garden, Theatrical Hosier and Sole Inventor and Maker of the Improved & Imperceptible shape and Animal Skins (The Era)
10th April: 1928: Holidaymakers joined search for missing Brighton bear, Evelyn. Expert trapper & dogs called in to track escapee from private zoo (Western Morning News)
11th April: 1896: Serious outbreak of glanders in Liverpool horses - no cure;killed to stop contagion - come in via shipments of Canadian horses (Sheffield Daily Telegraph)
12th April: 1823: Clare, NI - policeman shot mad dog and ball, after passing through dog, rebounded on a stone and killed a huntsman too (The Durham County Advertiser)
13th April: 1851: 'A huge & savage-looking animal, called a South American tapir' broke out of its den at Wombwell's travelling menagerie, Rochdale (Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper)
14th April: 1885: 'Tiny' the elephant from Ginnett's circus broke into Bull & Butcher Inn, Bridgwater, & demolished all eatables in the larder (Exeter & Plymouth Gazette)
15th April: 1936: North Riding Farmers' Union report cases of anthrax in area. Farmer with animal dying of unknown cause tell police first; not bury (Yorkshire Post)
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