History Lesson For Today :)

My grandfather used to be the lionkeeper at the Berlin zoo before WWII.  Here are some pictures that I dug out of the family archives.

According to my mother, the lions at the zoo belonged to Hitler.  My grandfather – who hated Hitler, but loved lions – was his lionkeeper.  Every so often, when Hitler wasn’t out for the day engaging in a spot of genocide, he would visit the zoo to see his animals.  In this picture, the crowd of people in the forefront are waiting for Hitler’s arrival.  Apparently.  It isn’t every day that one goes to the zoo in one’s best high heel shoes and suits.

However, the lionesses were in sexual ‘heat’ and opted to stay hidden in their lairs with the lions.  So my grandfather and one of his workers carried a lioness out so the people could see her.  My grandfather is the one carrying the lioness’ shoulders. 

The lioness was not happy.  As soon as they put her down in front of the crowd . . .

. . . she walked back to where she wanted to be.

So they dug out the cubs and put them on display. . .

Notice everyone heads turned to the left.  Hitler had arrived.  Apparently, no one was there to see the lions.  Except for my grandfather.  He is the one at the right of the picture . . . the one keeping an eye on the lioness . . .  the one walking away.

And thus ends our mini-history lesson . . .

Grandfather is the one on the far right, keeping an eye on the lion.

The End.  :)

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12 Responses to History Lesson For Today :)

  1. Lisa Bauer says:

    So this is where yo get our love of animals! Well its not the Berlin Zoo… but we do enjoy Gentry don’t we?!

  2. Lisa Bauer says:

    So this is where yo get our love of animals! Well its not the Berlin Zoo… but we do enjoy Gentry don’t we?!

  3. Lisa Bauer says:

    So this is where yo get our love of animals! Well its not the Berlin Zoo… but we do enjoy Gentry don’t we?!

  4. Lisa Bauer says:

    So this is where yo get our love of animals! Well its not the Berlin Zoo… but we do enjoy Gentry don’t we?!

  5. thea says:

    It’s funny… Randy and I ‘collect’ zoos. Everywhere we go, if we have time, we check to see if there is a zoo nearby that we can visit.
    Speaking of… we will have to do Gentry again this Spring when the baby animals are up for petting.

  6. Mallory says:

    I showed everyone at work those pictures and they loved them. I cannot believe that lionness would let them pick her up like that. Have you been to Turpentine Creek?

  7. thea says:

    I’ve been to Turpentine Creek only once. I think they had a white tiger there.
    Grandfather was the first person to be able to successfully breed lions in captivity. The lions loved him. He even trained the lions to back up (at his hand signals) and pee on whomever he indicated. Once, a cub fell in the moat and Grandfather jumped in to save it. The lioness waited for him at the water’s edge and pulled him out by the scruff of his coat. :)

  8. Mallory says:

    THAT IS AMAZING!!!! So cool! Yes, they had a white tiger. We were able to be there during feeding time. Those animals are incredible. Beautiful. Wouldn’t it be fun to go on an African safari excursion?!

  9. thea says:

    It would. I would love to see them in the wild… but, then… New system, Mallory :D

  10. Maddy says:

    Awww thats so sweet & funny about what your grandfather taught them to do.

  11. Maddy says:

    haha hi thea

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