Emperor Menelik gave Roosevelt a lion as a gift

15 January 2012 

Horatio W. Wales holding one of the lions sent by King Menelik of Ethiopia to President Theodore Roosevelt. Photo taken in Alexandria, Egypt while waiting for a Hagenback Circus boat coming through the Suez with a shipment of animals for the United States, January 1904. Image courtesy of the Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio. 
C-“The Skinner Mission: Images of Ethiopia in the Progressive Era,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10:2, April 2011.