Transport: Lion Hunt

One morning last week Coast Guardsmen stationed at Cape May, N. J. intercepted an SOS that shivered their timbers: "Any ship in neighborhood with guns on board . . . lion broken loose. ..." The sender was Royal Netherlands liner Amazone, steaming 90 miles off the coast with nine passengers, half a ton of gunpowder and some 14 wild animals which she was newcastling from New York zoos to a zoo in animal-ridden Venezuela. Her crew packed no firearms.

Coast Guard Commander Lieut. Burke prudently sought advice from Frank ("Bring 'Em Back Alive") Buck...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!