The Gorilla


A rather unsuccessful actor was forced to accept a job deputising for the sick gorilla in the zoo. After lengthy preparation, he put on the costume and took his place in the cage. Soon his confidence grew and in no time he was swinging from branch to branch, thoroughly in character – too much so, for he fell over the dividing wall into the adjoining cage, where a fearsome tiger advanced growling towards him.

“Oh lord, I’m done for,” he groaned.

In a whisper the tiger replied: “Shut up, or we’ll be both be out of a job.”


Moral: Things are not always what they seem at first sight.