Every now and then, there is a story about somebody
trying to have a civilized relationship with a wild animall Of course, when
the relationship is going well, it doesn’t make the news. When difficulties
arise, that’s when we hear about it. Well, it seems that there are
entities whose business is to bring wild creatures to school, so little kids
can see what they look like and hear about them at the same time. Even
without mishaps (yet), I would wager their insurance rates are very, very
Take, for instance, the kindergartners in this private school, who sat rapt
(I suppose,) during the presentation. The presentation was over, and the
tiger was leaving with her owner, when she was stricken with a strong desire
to play. At least, that’s what her handler says. But you know this is not
going to be a story with a tragic end. I’d lose my job. A little soap and
water to clean off the cat-slobber, a couple hundred stitches, and the kid’s
as good as new. The principal took credit for making the cat let go, but I
figure the cat let go once she realized that there’s not much meat on the
head. Not being an experienced hunter, she probably didn’t know that until
then. Her handler said she was playing, but I have some experience with
cats, and from what I’ve seen, I don’t think so. She would have separated
him into slices with a paw, if she were playing. Cats don’t usually bite
without any paws involved, unless they mean business. I figure the kid was
lucky she didn’t connect with some part of him that was meatier.
seriously, the child still has his head, and that’s what’s important. A
headless child is at a severe disadvantage in this world, especially today.
Aesthetics are more important these days than they have ever been before.
And a missing head has a 15% chance, at best, of growing back. Even if it
does grow back, the new head will almost always be too small. Better
than no head at all, of course, but not by much.
of course, you’re thinking, “why can’t they just sew the head back on?”
Well, for the answer to that, I asked Dr. Ernest Flamboalunderson, head of
the department of limb replacement at Gradual Molecular Hospital in Gordon
Springs, Siberia. Here is what he said:
“Well, you can, actually. We have been experimenting on this for years, you
know. So far, however, we have not succeeded. Not that we can’t sew a head
onto a body, don’t be ridiculous, of course we can do that! And of
course we can find the right place to sew it onto as long as we’ve
had enough sleep and a hearty breakfast, it’s just that so far, the heads we
have re-attached have just not performed satisfactorily.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
he replied, “there are so many things that can go wrong. Sometimes
the eyes will droop, the tongue will be lazy, sometimes you don’t get a good
complexion, or the nose falls off because it doesn’t get enough blood
flow, or the hair falls out and doesn’t grow back, sometimes the ears will
hang like wilted flowers, or sometimes the whole head will droop, it’s very
long do you think it will be, before medical science advances that far?” I
really couldn’t say,” Dr. Flamboalunderson replied.
there you have it. Good thing the kid’s head was not bitten off. A head just
cannot be replaced, and without a head, nobody looks good in their
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