2017. január 29., vasárnap


The Rhinoceros of Versailles (I do not know if he had any other name) was an Indian rhino that was transported from Calcutta to the French King Louis XV in 1770. Louis XV was known for his passion for exotic animals. When the rhinoceros arrived, it was put into the Royal Ménagerie in the Gardens of the Versailles Palace. During 22 years, the rhinoceros was on display to the public. On 23 September 1793 the rhino became victim of the revolution. He was killed savagely – not long after the execution of his his second owner, Louis XVI.

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