The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 17 September 2005 / 13 Elul 5765

The In-Human Side of the Story

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Two stories recently reported in the local and international media reveal the inhuman side of the story with harmless animal life waging unintended battles against humans.

The first concerned a burglar alarm which went off in an Auckland, New Zealand home. When police broke down the securely locked front door, they found no one inside except for the family cat. In the course of exercising its freedom to climb undisturbed over everything in the house while its owners were away, this feline alarmer had inadvertently stepped on the phone buttons which set off the alarm.

In Israel it was a rooster that caused the trouble. Residents of a quiet neighborhood in Ramat Gan were kept awake for several nights by a rooster who apparently got its timing mixed up and crowed throughout the night. When the efforts of the city veterinarian to apprehend the offender proved unsuccessful because of the roosters ability to hide in the bushes, a call went out to get a posse from the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo. Armed with rifles and tranquilizing darts, they arrived at the scene and, after a long battle, managed to restore quiet to Ramat Gan.

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