Sep 3, 1932 Madison, WI

9 year old James Caravello died at St. Mary's Hospital on September 13, 1932 from an infection due to injuries suffered on September 3.

He climed onto a tree and dangled his leg into the polar bear cage at Vilas Zoo. A polar bear got ahold of his leg and ripped flesh from the leg and clawed his back.

James had been ordered away only a few minutes before.

Women fainted as rescuers beat the bear away with sticks and stones hurled through the cage bars

Nanook & Ice King - WSJ article on Sep 4, 1932 was too hard to read, try again.