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Melbourne – February 1st, 1946

The recent heat wave in Melbourne is thought to have been responsible for the death of ‘three of the quintuplets born to the lioness Jinja at the Zoo.

The births are an Australian and possibly a world record. Zoo officials are now desperately striving to save the lives of the two surviving cubs.

In addition to the three lion cubs, the two platypuses. Hero and Leander were also victims of the heat wave. Like the platypuses at the Healesville sanctuary. Hero and Leander had attracted world-wide interest.

On this day …….. 30th of January 1946

Melbourne Zoo has lost three lion cubs and two platypuses. Three of the five lion cubs born a fortnight earlier died and Hero and Leander the two platypuses, died within an hour of each other on this day during the heat wave.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1946

Melbourne Zoo has lost three lion cubs and two platypuses. Three of the five lion cubs born a fortnight earlier died and Hero and Leander the two platypuses, died within an hour of each other on this day during the heat wave.