George Sonny Riley

Chimps Made a Monkey Out of Me

Jesus & Animals Part 7-Chimps Made a Monkey Out of Writer

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.  James Anthony Froude-Oceana ch. 5.

It has consistently been shown, during this series, that there is no such thing as “just an animal.” Animals are extraordinary beings with a wide range of personalities and emotions—I once saw a dog cry…with tears…when his master died.
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Animals can be joyful, mischievous, fearful to the point of trembling (when going to see the veterinarian as an example). They experience pain the same as we do. And they can have their own ideas about things.

Chimpanzees for some reason hate clowns which can be a problem in the circus. Especially since [often] the clowns perform right before or after the chimp act, meaning they have to pass each other in the hallways to and from the dressing rooms to the performance area, something the clowns always dreaded.

The clowns tried to make a wide swath between themselves and the chimps in those narrow hallways as the chimps screamed and yelled at them while the trainers tugged at their leashes.

It was during an engagement of the Pan American Circus at the Palacio De Los Deportes in Havana, that the age-old antagonism came to a head….actually to a bottom.

As the band played oriental music, the clowns, including your writer who was Kokomo the Clown, entered to do the snake dance routine.

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