ANIMALS: Death in the Arena

Rain had been beating down on the country around Thousand Oaks, Calif, for three days. At Louis Goebel's Wild Animal Farm it turned the grounds to hay-littered mud, dripped from red circus wagons, blew coldly through a rusty cage in which two shaggy lions paced and turned. The lions were not exercised while the rain fell—they were mean cats, and overage (4½ years old) for training, and the bad weather made them sullen and difficult.

As soon as there was a break in the storm, their owner, May Kovar Schafer, sloshed out to...

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