The Zoo Mime
One day an out-of-work mime is visiting the zoo and attempts to earn
some money as a street performer. Unfortunately, as soon as he starts to draw a crowd, a
zoo keeper grabs him and drags him into his office.
The zoo keeper explains to the mime that the zoo's most popular attraction, a gorilla has
died suddenly and the keeper fears that attendance at the zoo will fall off. He
offers the mime a job to dress up as the gorilla until they can get another one. The mime
So the next morning the mime puts on the gorilla suit and enters the cage before the crowd
comes. He discovers that it's a great job. He can sleep all he wants, play and make fun of
people and he draws bigger crowds than he ever did as a mime.
However, eventually the crowds tire of him and he tires of just swinging on tires. He
begins to notice that the people are paying more attention to the lion in the cage next to
his. Not wanting to lose the attention of his audience, he climbs to the top of his cage,
crawls across a partition, and dangles from the top of the lion's cage. Of course,
this makes the lion furious, but the crowd loves it. At the end of the day the zoo keeper
comes and gives the mime a raise for being such a good attraction.
Well, this goes on for some time, the mime keeps taunting the lion, the crowds grow
larger, and his salary keeps going up. Then one terrible day when he is dangling over the
furious lion he slips and falls. The mime is terrified. The lion gathers itself and
prepares to pounce. The mime is so scared that he begins to run round and round the cage
with the lion close behind. Finally, the mime starts screaming and yelling, "Help,
Help me!", but the lion is quick and pounces. The mime soon finds himself flat on his
back looking up at the angry lion and the lion says, "Shut up you idiot! Do you want
to get us both fired?"