Playing a Role

A gorilla at the zoo died of old age one day.

Because gorillas were so popular, the zoo staff decided to hire an actor to dress up in a realistic costume and play the part of the gorilla until they could locate a replacement.

The gorilla cage was right next to the lion, and a small gap in the bars allowed the actor to crawl into the lion’s cage and swing high above him. This enraged the lion but delighted the customers, so the actor made it a regular part of his routine.

Everything went fine for a few days. Then one day the actor lost his grip and fell down at the lion’s feet. The beast roared, and the actor screamed in terror. Then the lion leaned over and opened its jaws wide.

“Quiet!” a voice demanded. “Do you want to get us both fired?”

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