The nearest zoo was at Lucknow, two hundred miles away. Reserving a first class compartment for himself and Timothy(tiger cub) - no one would share a compartment with them -- Grandmother took him to Lucknow where the zoo authorities wre only too glad to receive as a gift a well-fed and fairly civilized tiger. About six months later, when my grandparents were visiting relatives in Lucknow, Grandfather took the opportunity of calling at the zoo to see how Timothy was getting on. I was not there to accompany him, btu I heard all about it when he returned to Dehra.
In dictionaries, `getting on' has many meanings and I don't know which one is appropriate in my context.
Could you tell me the meaning of `getting on' in my context?
Timothy is a tiger cub
Additionally, how is Timothy getting on these days? / How is he doing? / How is his situation, his health, and so on? Is he happy?
Does that help?
About six months later, when my grandparents were visiting relatives in Lucknow, Grandfather took the opportunity [of calling at the zoo/of calling the zoo/to call the zoo] to see how Timothy was [getting along/doing].