(18 December 2005, South Africa) Two muggers were working a crowd. The had
just taken a cellphone and purse from a couple at knifepoint, when the
woman screamed. The muggers sprinted away. But working a crowd and working
out are entirely different things, and one of the muggers was out of shape.
As he watched his compatriot recede into the distance, he felt the stitch
in his side, and knew he could run no farther. Perhaps he was thinking he
should have spent some of his ill-gotten gains on a trip to the gym. But
then he spotted a high fence, and that, at least, he could manage.
He put on a burst of speed, and leapt the fence. Sure enough, no one
followed. Escape! But he had failed to take into consideration a very
important fact. He was at the Bloemfontein Zoo. Just as he was
congratulating himself on his foolproof escape, he realized that the other
side of the fence was a 10 meter drop into a cage of bored Bengal tigers!
"I don't have to outrun that bear,
I just have to outrun you."
Speaking of foolproof, the tigers wasted no time in treating the nearest
fool as their own little kitty toy. The mauled body of the mugger was not
noticed until noon. A zoo spokesperson said that the tigers had been fed
the previous afternoon, else they would have left no evidence behind.
Police said a post mortem would be carried out to determine the exact cause
of his death--as if that wasn't obvious.
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