Most People Don’t Know The Bizarre Story Behind This One Wisconsin Library

The Central Library building in downtown Milwaukee is a gorgeous, ornate Neo-renaissance structure that actually used to house both the main branch of the library and the city’s public museum. A full block long, this building features hand-laid marble mosaic tile floors and a large rotunda. It’s a truly beautiful and impressive building that’s worth touring just for the architecture alone. That’s what makes this story so unusual. It’s about the furthest place away from where you would expect to find a live lion. And yet, in the late 1920s, a real lion named Simba called it home.

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If you’d like to get up close and personal with some exotic animals, check out this sanctuary right here in Wisconsin.