Another post about Ray Walker, lion trainer.
This time it is 1953 and she was having an even worse day than that one on the street. Today she is in a more traditional circus setting but the lion is even more annoyed.
Witnesses say that the lions had seemed surly when the act began and this report tells that during the performance the lion jumped straight at her, knocked her down and severely mauled her.
I’m not sure if a circus audience is really a reliable reporter of the lions state of mind, but clearly at least one of them just wasn’t in the mood that day.
Two attendants rushed to her assistance and, prodding the lion with long poles, managed to save her. Another man was outside the cage with a revolver at the ready but, luckily for the lion, didn’t use it.
She was operated on and her condition was described as ‘fairly comfortable’.
Wow. What an exciting life this woman had.
Unsurprisingly this time she didn’t make the next performance.