Animals: Come On In

Little Vivian Leichner, 6, wandered down a corridor in Cincinnati's Whittier School one afternoon last week and into a Natural History classroom where a William Harwood "of Leland Stanford University," guest lecturer, was showing children how tame a woman trainer had made two bears and a 200-lb. cub lioness. Terrified, Vivian Leichner turned to run.

"Come on in! They won't hurt you!" The woman, catching sight of the trembling child, persuaded her to approach the animals.

Suddenly the lioness leaped, snapped her leash, bowled Vivian over, hugged and...

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