• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 100 ARMED GENDARMES, FIREMEN,AND CIRCUS STAFF ROUNDED UP FIVE LIONS WHICH ESCAPED INTO A FOREST IN NORTHERN FRANCE DURING THE NIGHT (OCTOBER 10/11) AFTER THE LORRY CARRYING THEIR CAGE WAS INVOLVED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT.

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    CRASHED LORRY; LIONS LOOSE; GENDARMES; LIONS COAXED ONTO CAGE WALK; SHOT LION; LION COAXED WITH BAIT; LORRY AWAY.




    Initials GHB/VS-TELE/MR/OS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MORE THAN 100 ARMED GENDARMES, FIREMEN,AND CIRCUS STAFF ROUNDED UP FIVE LIONS WHICH ESCAPED INTO A FOREST IN NORTHERN FRANCE DURING THE NIGHT (OCTOBER 10/11) AFTER THE LORRY CARRYING THEIR CAGE WAS INVOLVED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT.A SIXTH LION WAS SHOT AFTER TRYING TO MAUL ONE OF THE CIRCUS EMPLOYEES.

    THE LIONS WERE IN A CIRCUS TRAVELLING FROM BELGIUM TO LE HAVRE, NORTHERN FRANCE,WHEN THE TRUCK CARRYING THEIR CAGE WAS INVOLVED INA COLLISION WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE ON A MOTORWAY NEAR LILLE. THE SIX ANIMALS LEAPT TO FREEDOM WHEN THE DOOR OF THEIR CAGE SNAPPED OPEN.

    TWO OF THEM WERE CAPTURED SHORTLY AFTERWARDS AND A THIRD WAS SHOT BY A GENDARME. TOW OTHERS, LURED BACK FROM THE WOODS, PROWLED ROUND THE BODY OF THEIR DEAD MATE AND WERE ALSO RECAPTURED. THE SIXTH WAS TRAPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF A BRIDGE SPANNING THE MOTORWAY WHERE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.

    THE CIRCUS EMPLOYEE WHO WAS MAULED WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY INJURED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1BP1X89VD3T40P10EQHFTLM7A
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BP1X89VD3T40P10EQHFTLM7A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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