Lenor of Terra

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Lady Lenor of Terra (1513 – 1538)
Second daughter to the 2nd Marquess of Terra. After marrying a lowly Lord, she began collecting exotic animals and created a zoo on her estate. A small cottage was even built for her 37 cats. She was known for walking a black bear on a leash every evening. Over the course of time the bear would eat all five of her children — she still walked him regularly. She died from a bee sting in 1538.

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