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Nov. 1, 1955: The zookeeper Fred Martini, of the Bronx Zoo’s lion house, with Dot and Dash, newly arrived yet sensitive cheetahs. They were reported to “make certain that their antics” — which included paw swipes, pants-tugging, jumping and nipping — “were all in good fun,” and not a prelude to mauling Mr. Martini before the crowd. They concluded the meet-and-greet by gently licking his face and hands. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
Nov. 1, 1955: The zookeeper Fred Martini, of the Bronx Zoo’s lion house, with Dot and Dash, newly arrived yet sensitive cheetahs. They were reported to “make certain that their antics” — which included paw swipes, pants-tugging, jumping and nipping — “were all in good fun,” and not a prelude to mauling Mr. Martini before the crowd. They concluded the meet-and-greet by gently licking his face and hands. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

Nov. 1, 1955: The zookeeper Fred Martini, of the Bronx Zoo’s lion house, with Dot and Dash, newly arrived yet sensitive cheetahs. They were reported to “make certain that their antics” — which included paw swipes, pants-tugging, jumping and nipping — “were all in good fun,” and not a prelude to mauling Mr. Martini before the crowd. They concluded the meet-and-greet by gently licking his face and hands. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

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