Last week, a zookeeper did his rounds at the Calgary Zoo. Only one thing went wrong…he forgot to close the latch for the Gorilla pen. After his duties, he went to the Staff lunch room, finding it full of animals from that evolution chart! They fired him. Back in 2009, he left a knife in that same pen and that caused international headlines. So the Zoo Keeper went to Calgary City Council and demanded to have his job reinstated. After all, he had been a Zookeeper for 25 years. The world is cold and they told him to hit the road. So he has no job. He goes to the media. Again with the headlines. Now this same Zookeeper wants to go on a speaking tour. He should check out http://www.speakerfile.com/ . He could sign up for free, pay more for extra perks, says he knows me, tell them where he read about it, and they could give him a deal. He could win a prize! Forget the horoscopes, solar flares, that mercury retrograde thingy…this Zookeeper should have a reality show, promoting donations to zoos around the world! Maybe he has that It Factor! Listen to the forces of nature! FYI, Charles the Gorilla, who lives at the Metro Toronto Zoo, and he got an Artist Grants from Canada Council and Toronto Arts because he dabbled in expressionist painting in the past which were sold at auction, raising much needed funds. That’s right, you read it correctly, Gorillas can draw and the authorities gave Charles the Gorilla artist grants too. My sources are accurate too! But…. people are cynical these days.
Paul Collins, author of Mack Dunstan’s Inferno / Mystery of Everyman’s Way
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