In February 1914, an escapee from the Melbourne Zoo caused a “sensation” on the streets of Brunswick. Yes, it is another animal story for Trove Tuesday and yes, it is another story with a sad ending. But it is a story worth sharing and the article, from the Daily Herald of Adelaide goes into great detail about the incident.
It was the daughters of Zoo curator, Mr. D. Le Souef, who were first alerted to one of the zoo’s leopards on the loose in the early hours. Despite their father’s attempts, the leopard jumped a fence and disappeared from sight. The leopard was next seen in Barkley Street, Brunswick, at the home of young Miss Winnie Walters.