Harbour City, by Patterson
For a good insight to the background of the zoo located in Wellington (and the tragic death of the child by mauling) I'd suggest a trip down to the local library for a peek at the book "Harbour City" by Patterson..I believe it's the third in the series of books on Nanaimo history and covers the period from 1929-1967. Apparently when the animal was found to have escaped, the owners tried calling all the local residents to warn them...unfortunately one of the phone numbers was incorrect and a family missed the call, so unknowingly they allowed their children out when the attack took place. The book also goes into detail of the circumstances and persons involved in the hunt to find and put down the animal after the tragedy.
Where the pavement ends"