Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lions will be Lions

'Did Albert deserve to be eaten by the lion?' was once, I recall, a question discussed as moral theology. You may remember;
Now Albert had heard about Lions,
How they was ferocious and wild-
To see Wallace lying so peaceful,
Well, it didn’t seem right to the child.
So straightaway the brave little feller,
Not showing a morsel of fear,
Took his stick with it’s’orse’s ‘ead ‘andle
...And pushed it in Wallace’s ear.
You could see that the Lion didn’t like it,
For giving a kind of a roll,
He pulled Albert inside the cage with ‘im,
And swallowed the little lad ‘ole.
Whilst my sympathies are with the friends and family of the late Miss Katherine Chappell, 29, recently of Rye, New York, her case of death by lion must surely pose fewer difficult questions than Albert's demise. 

Miss Chappell had apparently ignored all warnings to keep the car windows closed and continued to photograph the lion that ate her to within just a few feet. In Albert's case, there were no actual warnings not to poke the lion with a stick and he enjoyed the illusion of safety because the lions cage bars were spaced to prevent lions exiting rather than boys entering. 
The Mother said, “Right’s right, young feller;
I think it’s a shame and a sin,
For a lion to go and eat Albert,
And after we’ve paid to come in.”
Whilst the lions in both cases should of course have been more considerate to paying customers, no matter how foolish, we must realise that lions will always be lions.  

10 comments:

Don Keyote said...

Whilst the lions in both cases should of course have been more considerate to paying customers, no matter how foolish, we must realise that lions will always be lions.

In this modern world, that might be the moral of the day........ and not just about panthera leo

DeeDee99 said...

Yes. My immediate reaction on hearing the story was "stupid woman." The same applies to stupid people who encourage foxes onto/into their property by feeding them.

G. Tingey said...

DD99
Foxes won't harm people, unless you frighten them, or appear to threaten their offspring. ( i.e. don't "corner" them. )
Last year there was a vixen on our allotment plots who would ( under the right conditions) JUST take dog-biscuits from my hand, if I was sat flat on the ground.
( Dog-bikkies contain anti-mange substances )
Beautiful to watch & helped keep rats under control - also eat wood-pigeons, I'm glad to say.
It's called "biological control" /snark ....

Anonymous said...

There's no accounting for taste.

Mike Spilligan said...

The monologue goes on to say (without my checking) "...no one was really to blame". Nowadays that would be a call for the H&SE people to be involved - then the lawyers would pipe up about "Where there's blame....."; then it continues with the hope expressed by the magistrate (coroner?) that the Ramsbottoms would "...add other sons to their name" and that would open up a whole Pandora's Box of Human Rights wallahs, feministas, animal rights activists and so on.
As ever, the best advice is to let sleeping dogs lie.

Don Keyote said...

As ever, the best advice is to let sleeping dogs lie.

Sleeping lions, too.

Plantman said...

Social Services should have been involved - a gross neglect of their duties. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbotham had previous form in their neglect of Albert (as documented in the report entitled "Per tuppance per person per trip")

Heads should roll!

hatfield girl said...

'Sleeping Lions'. A favourite party game. When we had a truly enormous drawing room (there was no other word for it, 'sitting' didn't cover it at all) all would be sprawled, lion-like on the carpet, waiting to be made to laugh -any means acceptable.

Bill Quango MP said...

When I was on safari there were no windows. All open sided 4x4s. Lions were just about a foot away.

Brother on safari was cornered by a lion. Him and his new wife were defended by their guide, who only had a spear and a coat rolled around his arm for a shield, for over an hour. Before the lion wandered off.

You don't really expect to be attacked. Thousands of people are doing the same thing as you every day. But its like swimming in hot climates. Sometimes a shark has a bite.

Anonymous said...

"And this year's Darwin Award goes to..."

Coney Island