Occasionally I see news stories which leave me momentarily puzzled… but then I come to my senses again.
For example… this one in Harrisburg, PA.
DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — A Harrisburg woman is recovering after being bitten by a Bengal tiger at the Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax Township, Dauphin County.
Investigators say the victim, who asked that her name be withheld from the media in consideration for her privacy, [I'll bet!] is a tour guide driver at the park and in her twenties.
It happened around 5 p.m. Thursday in a non-public area of the park. Don Federaff, Chief of the Halifax Ambulance Company, told News 8 the worker was in a walkway between two cages.
The employee apparently climbed over a fence to get into an area that is restricted to the public’s use, and then she stuck her hand through the fence into the tigers’ cage.
“Hey! Watch this!”
Hijinx, and screaming, ensues, followed by sirens.
If you stick your arm into the tiger cage you just might get… wait for it… bitten by the tiger.
Tigers aren’t the only ones who bite.
This from Chicago, in a neighborhood where crime is up and thugs prey on seniors …
When in Chatham, don’t mess with Edward Alexander.
The guy is tough. Old school tough.
While Alexander was watering his front lawn at 82nd and Wabash Thursday, a would-be robber pointed a gun at the 85-year-old and told him to “give it up.” Alexander knocked away the pistol and punched the man in the face, hobbling the bad guy, who ran away — but not before the pistol went off and a bullet hit Alexander in the leg.
From his hospital bed Friday, the retired probation officer of 32 years says he has no regrets.
“You’ve got to make a stand one way or the other in life,” he said from his room at Advocate Trinity Hospital. “And if you don’t you’ll be run over.”
According to Alexander, the man who attacked him was trying to take advantage of the largely senior population in Chatham.
Alexander was up and walking Friday morning and discharged later in the day after “one hell of an experience,” he said.
“I hope I’m prepared next time,” he joked to a friend visiting at the hospital. “Prepared to send them to the morgue.”
Bullies must be resisted.
I know no reader here is contemplating sticking an arm into the tiger cage or robbing an 85 year old. But these stories remind us that being stupid can be fatal.
And, now that I have your attention, please consider also going to confession regularly. It is Saturday as I write this. Perhaps your parish has confessions scheduled.
How long has it been?