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Explorer's lion shame.

Explorer David Livingstone tried to ban a famous image of him being mauled by a lion.

The missionary was so embarrassed by the artist's impression that he wanted it hidden.

Blantyre-born Livinstone was attacked by a lion in 1884 in South Africa.

The illustration of the attack was used in Livingstone's best-selling book.

But in a letter to his publisher now on show at the National Library of Scotland, he wrote: "The lion encounter is absolutely abominable. I entreat you by all that is good to suppress it.

"Everyone who knows what a lion is will die laughing at it."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 9, 2013
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