I grew up in a zoo

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June Williams grew up with the animals at Chester Zoo in the UK.

June Williams was just 4 years old in 1930 when her father bought 28,000m2 of land in Cheshire, UK. Her name was George Mottershead and she had a dream: to build “a zoo without bars”.

Born in 1894, Mottershead felt sorry for the caged animals at Bellevue amusement park in the city of Manchester.

When he returned from the front in the First World War, he set up a nursery and a flower shop.

And sure enough, his business flourished, especially when he began selling birds as well. So he put his own menagerie on display.