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Escaped lioness attacks mail in Salisbury! (1817)

Mail coaches were vulnerable to attack from highwaymen. However, the coachmen from the ‘Quicksilver’ coach were caught by surprise in October 1816 when the Exeter-London mail coach was attacked by a lioness while drawing into the Pheasant Inn on Salisbury Plain. After killing a dog, the lioness which had escaped from a travelling menagerie, was eventually recovered by her owner. The passengers had taken refuge inside the inn, bolting the door and stopping anyone else from entering. After the attack, the post continued its journey, arriving at its final destination 45 minutes late.