The small zoo housed exotic animals and a pets’ corner in the backyard of Mrs Sadler’s house called Sunnylands in Ringwood Road.
Among the animals were bears, silver foxes, monkeys, a gorilla, leopards and two lions Ajax and Leonora.
Ajax used to roar throughout the night scaring residents who lived in fear he would escape. More than 80 neighbours protested.
When a python went missing a local school was closed for two days until it was caught.
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