Remember when: Going wild for animals

Marie Cadzow takes her pet lamb for a walk along Princes Street in 1966

Marie Cadzow takes her pet lamb for a walk along Princes Street in 1966

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FROM man’s best friend to the humble moggy, at some point most of us will care for a much-loved family pet.

But the ordinary four- legged variety is not all that animal fans across the Lothians are prepared to welcome into their homes.

Margaret Randall and Boo-Hoo the monkey in 1967

Margaret Randall and Boo-Hoo the monkey in 1967

This week the Evening News revealed that one Livingston mum-of-three is being driven round the bend by a potty-mouthed parrot she bought two months ago, confused by its insistence to also attack men.

It seems we have a fascination for weird and wonderful animal companions, as shown here in March 1966 when East Lothian resident Marie Cadzow took her pet lamb for a walk on Princes Street – much to the amusement of passers-by. The following year, Boo-Hoo the pet monkey was pictured in the Evening News with owner Margaret Randall, a British Red Cross volunteer, as she visited pubs to collect money for the charity.

While most pet owners would not mind their furry moggy curling up in their bed, it is unlikely many of us would be keen on a 10ft African Rock Python sleeping in even the same room. But in November 1967, on a visit to Edinburgh, Belgian film producer Pierre Koep insisted there was no finer pet as he showcased Wellington ahead of a wildlife film event at the Usher Hall that month.

Many years later, in August 1986, it was the turn of Hercules the bear to wow crowds at the Meadows as part of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.