Mr. Leo, the lion of Aden

7 April, 2016
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People: Messrs Cowasjee Dinshaw & Bros. (1854)

A post from the guest city of Aden, Yemen.

Daily business at the firm of Messrs Cowasjee Dinshaw & Bros. in Aden was determined by Mr Leo, an African lion gifted to the Dinshaws by the ruler of Abyssinia. Here Mr Leo is seen taking ‘his usual bath’ surrounded by the firm’s staff.

In Bombay on the other hand, such activity would have taken you straight to the magistrate, as three Persians roaming the city with a cheetah found out in January 1870.

This post has been kindly sponsored by the Adenwalla family.

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