Dangerous Taunting

Photo by: Maria@Doodles and Scribbles

Two Kodiak bears sat in their zoo enclosure. It was beautifully built to look natural. Unfortunately, the efforts of the zoo to make the bears comfortable were spoiled by some teen-aged boys, who hurled pine cones at the bears.

“I really hate this,” muttered Bert, the younger of the two bears.

“Oh relax. It’s just pine cones,” said Boris. He calmly poured A-1 sauce on a haunch of meat.

“It’s still insulting! Don’t they know about that tiger that killed taunting teenagers in San Francisco?”

“Guess not.”

“Wish we could just leap the gap and get at them.”

“Would be nice wouldn’t it?”

“I’m pretty sure I couldn’t make that leap.”

Boris applied more sauce and took another bite. “You’d be surprised what you can do if you put your mind to it.”

“Aargh!” Bert growled as a pine cone actually hit him that time. “I hate taunters! They’re terrible.”

“No they’re not.”

“Seriously?”

“Serious,” said Boris, taking another sauce-covered bite. “They’re pretty good when you put A-1 on them.”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/fffaw-challenge-week-of-april-11-2017/

Author’s Notes:

Three teenagers were taunting a Siberian Tiger in San Francisco with pine cones when it leaped the gap of its enclosure. The tiger killed one and mauled the other two. For me, I feel sorry for the tiger.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Zoo_tiger_attacks#Investigation

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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31 Responses to Dangerous Taunting

  1. What can you say? “Justice is served.” With A-1 sauce. Delicious tale. 😉

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  2. Lyn says:

    Yaaaay!! Let’s hear it for the tiger! C’mon Boris and Bert, you could at least hurl the pine cones back at them…I bet you’re a much better shot than them. You’d certainly have more force to your throw 😉 Hmmm I wonder how Boris managed to snag his taunter?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I was in SF when I heard about the tiger attack. Seems to me that Karma was having a banner day. And Boris isn’t much of a leaper, but he’s rather good at climbing the misplaced rocks in his enclosure. He’s not ready to give up his secret just yet. He’s having too much fun. 😉 Thanks Lyn! 🙂

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  3. Everything is better with A-1 on it!! 😉

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  4. Jade M. Wong says:

    You can’t go wrong with a little A-1 sauce, makes even stubborn teenage meat taste good 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. goroyboy says:

    Comical take at first then sad truth. Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    He has a point: a little steak sauce makes even a mean cut of meat taste better. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Indira says:

    It happens everywhere, not just teenagers, I have seen adults also behaving foolishly. But poor animals, they don’t have A1 sauce here. Tasty tale.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Bryan Aiello says:

    boris and bert are the best bear names in existence

    Liked by 2 people

  9. michael1148humphris says:

    This si one tasty story.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. jupitermagic says:

    ha! funny what does one get in taunting one can never know !
    immature teens !

    Liked by 1 person

  11. yarnspinnerr says:

    A1 take on this prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. rogershipp says:

    For some reason, I sensed that one coming. Loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Singledust says:

    too true! i never like animals in enclosure treated badly. for that matter just don’t like to see them in enclosure at all. the bears do have a nice sense of humour though.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I have a love/hate relationship with zoos. I think they’re necessary because with them people and children realize how wonderful the animals are. Perhaps, they’ll support conservation efforts for the other animals in the wild. On the other hand I feel bad for the animals in captivity. I like zoos where they at least try to make natural looking and spacious enclosures. But then if someone taunts the animals, that’s just awful. The bears, well they can take it well if they know they can get revenge. 😉

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      • Singledust says:

        same here, and zoos in Asia and atrocious! It should be like a mini habitat for the animals, sadly the condition of the area these poor animals live in and their own physical state makes me so mad to even think of going to one. Indeed its a good learning place for children and adults but I feel there’s no respect for the animal’s unique living needs only for financial gain in adding more cages and enclosures. i appreciated your story for being funny yet highlighting human greed and apathy as well as the senseless bullying and taunting.

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  14. luckyjc007 says:

    HA! HA! So, Boris has the perfect way of loving taunters! I guess the jokes on them! Yum, Yum!!

    Liked by 1 person

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