The first thing I thought of when I read this article was that old joke “Do you like rabbits?” “Yes, but I couldn’t eat a whole one”.
Well, the joke really goes “Do you like children?”….. but of course the alligator would have no problem eating a stray child 😉
This article reports the strange friendship of an alligator living in the Southport Zoo in England, and a white rabbit.
The rabbit was not an exhibit, nor a member of staff, but intended as part of the menu.
Strangely, the alligator rejected this fluffy meal and at the time of this report both were living peacefully together.
I wonder if the rabbit really won over the cold saurian heart as suggested by this article, or if the rabbit just had an overdeveloped sense of self-preservation and stayed away from the end with teeth?
It is not unusual to find articles about rains of frogs, showers of stones or other things that don’t usually fall from the sky. These phenomena are generally blamed on wind events sucking the creatures or items up from one place and depositing them somewhere else. This doesn’t explain why these surprising showers are so selective, surely a shower of frogs would also be a shower of pond weed and smelly water too. A rain of blood (usually a mix of airborne dust and plain old rain) should really be accompanied by detached body parts and weapons. I mean, where would a wind find a large puddle of blood just lying about, waiting to be sucked up, except on a battlefield or suchlike?
Anyway, you don’t get that many actual witnesses to these things falling from the heavens. Usually it is more a case of ‘there are many strange frogs in my garden, they must have fallen from the sky!!’ rather than ‘ouch, where did that come from?!’ It is even less likely to find someone who really saw the sucking-up bit at the start.
Poor Mary Bailey saw both, but didn’t live to tell the tale. Does the fact that she was tall and rather thin for her age mean her shorter chubbier friend was safer? Another reason to eat more chocolate and be glad I’m not tall…