Leeds nostalgia: Pets and animals

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They say that we are a nation of animal lovers and Leeds has been no exception.

Yuri the camel felt at home when he visited Woodhouse Moor with Cottle’s circus in 1978 and junior lion trainer Carl Denver had an eye catching encounter with Lisa, the five stone lioness a year earlier in 1977.

PIC: Steve Riding

PIC: Steve Riding

David Hesslewood from Harehills defied the winter of 1972 by wearing a cardigan woven from the hairs of Suki, his faithful companion while Major the Great Dane towered over 13 month old vicar’s son John Broom at an anti vivisection exhibition in 1974.

In 1976 Betty Rushworth from Chapel Allerton couldn’t understand why her television set was mysteriously changing channels mid broadcast.

I was only after painstaking observation that Sammy the cat’s electrically charged collar was revealed as the culprit.