Roaming Tiger, The West Australian, 12 December 1953
Aesop, Androcles, animals, anthropomorphism, coat of arms, circus, courage, emblem, fables, folklore, gratitude, honour, lion, loyalty, medieval romance, Narrandera, New South Wales, NSW, popular culture, Reynard the Fox, Red Riding Hood, Remus, she-wolf, stories, story-tellers, symbolism, tiger, wolf.
This interest piece from The West Australian in 1953 discusses the symbolic use of animals in roman legends and medieval fables, and their anthropomorphic investment with human characteristics. Using an incident in New South Wales where a circus tiger wandered into a neighbouring house and licked a sleeping child as their impetus, the author claims that animal stories have been popular since the days of Aesop. Amongst other examples, they note that in medieval stories about Reynard the Fox, he was usually depicted as a genial, roguish hero, and that the writers of medieval romances regularly employed the lion to symbolise courage and honour.
C. R. Collins
National library of Australia: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49605228
The West Australian
12 December 1953, p.33